They are small and they taste super sweet, but rather than harm your teeth, raisins or dried grapes can actually prevent cavities and tooth decay.
We have known for a long time that eating sweets and sticky foods can lead to cavities and tooth decay.
Bacteria that live in the mouth thrive on foods left on the teeth, manufacturing acids as a result. Over an extended period of time, these acids slowly destroy tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay.
Although raisins are sweet and sticky, their sweetness is contributed mainly to fructose and glucose types of sugar - not sucrose, which some experts consider to be the main culprit of sugar-related oral diseases.
Contradicting a longstanding public perception that raisins promote cavities, a recent study out of Chicago suggest that compounds in the popular fruit snack may in fact fight tooth decay. According to researchers at the University of Chicago, certain chemicals in raisins suppress the growth of oral bacteria associated with cavities and gum disease.
These researchers have concluded that raisins are packed with lots of calcium and boron which strengthen teeth and their enamel - and fortify your bones. The have also concluded that the fruits rich stores of oleanolic acid block the growth of the bacteria behind gingivitis and other gum diseases.
Eat a handful a day and chew them awhile. The longer raisins stick to your teeth, the better, since it ensure the bacteria destroying compounds has time to do its work.
However, like always, for good dental hygiene make sure that you brush after each meal and floss at least once a day. Also regular dental checkup will help you keep your smile.
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Woman's World Magazine, p. 25 (June 25, 2012)
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