Nutritious fruit is a vital part of any well-balanced diet. Produce like apples, oranges, blueberries, and pomegranates are an excellent source of essential vitamins, minerals, and powerful antioxidants. Eating a variety of fruits every day will boost your immunity, reduce your risk of chronic disease and improve your health.
People enjoy fruit in many forms, but some ways are better than others when it comes to protecting your teeth.
Dried fruit is often served as a healthy snack option. But dried fruit contains a lot of highly concentrated sugar. Through the dehydration process, most of the water is eliminated from the fruit, and all the natural sugar remains.
More sugar means potentially more cavities. Mouth bacteria thrive on sugar and produce harmful acids in the process. The acid by-product is responsible for causing tooth decay. In addition, dried fruit is very sticky and will cling longer to the tooth surface than other types of fruit.
Canned fruits are often stored marinating in sugary syrup. The fruity sweet treat may be pleasing to your palate, but it is terrible for your teeth. Even canned fruit packed in light syrup is high in sugar. If you enjoy snacking on fruit in a can, look at the labels. Select fruits with no added sugar or cans packed in 100 percent juice.
Although real fruit juice is good for you, it also contains a high concentration of natural sugar. In addition, many juice choices geared toward children also have added sugar. Some have as much sugar, or more, as soda.
But sugar isn’t the only issue; fruit juice is highly acidic. This is a damaging mix of acid and sugar that can lead to weakened enamel and more cavity-causing bacteria.
Your best bet is to eat fresh whole fruit. It is better for your oral health. The fiber slows down sugar absorption into the bloodstream making it better for overall health. It isn’t necessary to completely omit dried or canned fruit or juice from your diet. These foods are okay in moderation, just remember to swish and rinse with water after eating.