The sugars in the foods you eat are converted by the bacteria in your mouth to acids. These acids start an instant attack on the enamel of your teeth leading to gum diseases and tooth decay. The frequency of eating decides how often your teeth get exposed to the decay cycle.
Dental benefits of apples and other foods
The good old apple, along with other firm and crunchy fruit like pears, and vegetables like green beans, celery and carrots are very good for maintaining oral hygiene. These foods have a high water content that dilutes the sugars in them. The biting and the crunching also stimulate the flow of saliva that washes away the food particles and helps prevent plaque buildup on the teeth. In fact, you can eat these fruits and vegetables as a snack any time.
That is not the case with all fruits though. When you eat fruits that are rich in acids – tomatoes, lemons and other citruses – you need to eat them along with a larger meal in order to minimize the effects of the acid they contain.
Other health benefits of apples
Reduce cholesterol: Apples have more fibers than cereals, and pack plenty of pectin. Both fiber and pectin help to reduce cholesterol and prevent heart diseases.
Control high blood pressure: Apples are a rich source of potassium that helps to control the sodium levels in the blood. Eating apples on a daily basis helps to reduce blood pressure and prevent stroke.
Prevent cancer: The fiber in an apple ferments in the colon; this helps to fight cancer cells from forming in the colon.
Reduce asthma risk: the anti-oxidants and vitamins help to reduce asthma symptoms in kids. The flavonoid and phytochemicals help to ease inflamed airways
Prevent aging: Since the antioxidants in apples slow down the overall oxidation process, this helps slow aging of the skin.
Do you need more reasons to include apples in your diet? We don’t think so!