I would have assumed that all candy was just about equally bad for your kids, but apparently that’s not so. A recent article in Gizmodo, which appears to be a Web site sponsored by T-Mobile, sour candy is actually far worse for your kids’ teeth than other types of candy. They have a lovely chart that compares the pH levels and tells you when the enamel of the teeth is damaged.
“Pure water’s pH level is 7, which is a neutral acidic level. At ph4, your teeth start losing enamel, one of the four tissues that make up teeth. Enamel it’s the hardest substance in human bodies. 96-percent is made of minerals.”
“As it turns out, typical sour candy is ph3, which is kind of crazy. It quickly goes to ph2.5—with Skittles, Baby Bottle Pop powder, Brach’s Gummi Bears, and Sqwigglies Gummi Worms—and 2.4 with Mentos Fruit Chew and 2.2 with Sour Skittles.”
“But it gets a lot worse. These are the three worse offenders—Altoids Mango Sours score a ph1.9 while Wonka Fun Dip Powder gets down to ph1.8. The worst is WarHeads Sour Spray, only 0.6 less acid than battery acid.”
Are you surprised that sour candy could do that much damage? Does that chart make you think twice about which candy you’ll be putting in stockings or letting your child choose?