Healthy Candy?

3/13/2008 A microbiologist at UCLA found the solution in an ancient Chinese herbal remedy.

They say an active compound in licorice extract kills the bacteria that cause cavities.

To get the compound in contact with teeth, they put it in a sugarless lollipop. But they warn you can't get the same effect from just eating licorice.

Most licorice sold in the U.S. is artificially flavored and contains lots of sugar.

The team's study is published in the "Journal of Natural Products."

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