Check out the headline on this wire story that recently made the rounds:

 

sugar prevents cavities 2

 

Note to the headline writers of the World Entertainment News Network, distributor of the story: sugar and sugar alcohol are NOT the same thing…as the article in question clearly states.

sub-sti-tute, n., One that takes the place of another; a replacement

That substitute does indeed appear to offer some defense against cavities via its antimicrobial properties. And again, the article says as much.

Unfortunately, many people are apt to note only the headline. And those who do so will come away with a very wrong idea.

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