The Zellie’s Story
In the 1990s I worked as a dentist in Rochester New York, but I also helped to run a family restaurant. The restaurant employed over 60 waiters, bakers, bartenders and cooks.
As I chatted with restaurant employees they often told me stories about their sensitive, weak and damaged teeth. I noticed many were eating sugary breath mints, and I wondered why they didn’t use xylitol gum and mints instead. In Europe xylitol has been a daily health routine for decades, and I was amazed how few people in the States know about the fantastic benefits of xylitol.
To introduce xylitol to the restaurant staff, I put xylitol gum and mints in dispensing machines at the back and front of the restaurant. The waiters had pockets-full of coins and used them in these machines. The waiters nibbled xylitol mints during work and quickly saw benefits. It was they who named the mints “Z” for xy-litol and “Ellie” was my name = “Zellie’s”.