- Why Fruits and vegetables help us in oral health?
Feed Your Teeth and Gums What They Really Want
Did you know that…
Fibrous fruits and vegetables help clean your teeth.
Magnesium from bananas can help restore tooth enamel.
The Vitamin A in butternut squash can help heal sores in your mouth.
Dark, leafy greens and broccoli have LOTS of calcium, which is great for our teeth.
Vitamin C from citrus fruits helps keep our gums healthy.
Replacing sugary, starchy snacks with healthy fruits and vegetables can lower your tooth decay risk.
Yep… What’s good for your body is usually really good for your mouth too!
How to overcome making excuses not to eat them:
Get out of a fruit and vegetable rut and try new options. No one likes the same fruit or vegetables day in and day out
Add fruits and vegetables to foods you like. Add fruit to yogurt, oatmeal, pancakes, French toast, cottage cheese, etc. Add vegetables to chili, stew, casseroles, pasta, pasta salad, omelettes, pizza, and so on. You can also dip raw veggies in your favourite light salad dressing.
Serve a green salad with dinner. This is standard practice in many cultures. Why not do it a few times a week? Make it fun by changing the embellishments (say, from mandarin oranges and pecans to cucumber and avocado) and the types of dressing you use (from light raspberry vinaigrette to light Caesar).
Buy or make fruit salad often. No one can resist a beautiful fresh fruit salad. There’s something very appetizing about an assortment of fruit in different shapes, colors, and flavors, all tossed together.
Vegetables don't have to be boiled (or boring). Try green and fruit salads, dried fruit, raw veggies with dip, juices, or any of the other options mentioned elsewhere in this article.
Expand your horizons. Buy some cookbooks focusing on veggies, subscribe to a healthy cooking magazine, troll the Internet for produce recipes ... or just try some of the recipes below. Sooner or later, you'll hit on something that appeals to the whole family.