Do you love the taste of dried fruits but still avoid eating them for fear of harming your precious teeth? If so then we have good news for you. It seems munching on dried fruits may not have been as bad for our teeth as we were led to believe by our dentists.
A UK based nutritionist is challenging the notion that eating dried fruits are not good for our teeth. All the big health advisers like the British Oral Health Foundation and the International Dental Health Associations, advice against snacking on dried fruits. The idea is that dried fruits are sticky and thus can latch themselves on to teeth leading to their demise. Since nobody wants rotten teeth to grace their face the idea was widely accepted until now. However, a nutritionist is taking a stand against the ban on munching of dried fruits.
According to the Dr Michèle Sadler who is a registered nutritionist in the UK, the idea is entirely based upon assumptions and does not have solid scientific evidence backing it up. Sadler has outlined all her views challenging the universal dental health recommendation in a review. Sadler’s review titled “Dried Fruit and Dental Health” was published in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition.
“There is a lack of good quality scientific data to support restrictive advice for dried fruit intake on the basis of dental health parameters and further research is required,” concluded Sadler.
Not only did Sadler shatter previous misconceptions but also she highlighted the advantages of chewing dried fruit for dental health. Eating dried fruits requires a whole lot more of chewing than other foods and this exercise is not only good for the jaw but also triggers increased salivary flow, which contains antimicrobial compounds like sorbitol. Similarly, dried fruits are naturally enriched with fiber and essential micronutrients, along with a low fat content, making their nutritional content extremely beneficial for overall good health.