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Why Eating Really Ripe Fruits is Always Best

Posted on 7/30/2016 by Sundberg Office
A collection of raisins piled together.It's a well-known fact that fruits are an essential part of a healthy diet. They are loaded with all kinds of vitamins and minerals.

While they are excellent for our health, in certain forms, they can actually be detrimental to our teeth, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy them.

Why Are Fruits Good For You?

Fruits are rather versatile. You can snack on just one or create a colorful salad. They can be used for fillings for cakes or a topping for ice cream. No matter how you enjoy them, fruits are full of a variety of vitamins and minerals that are important to maintain our overall health.

Being full of fiber, they help keep us full and keep our GI tract healthy. They help reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke and certain types of cancer.

So, What's The Problem?
You may be wondering how fruits can be bad for you when they are so full of good nutrients. The truth is, certain fruits, especially citrus fruits, are quite acidic. When consumed, the acid accumulates on your teeth, causing the enamel to erode. This erosion then leads to other dental issues, such as tooth sensitivity and decay.

Chose Really Ripe Fruits

Oftentimes, especially when tooth sensitivity is an issue, it is advised that you avoid all acidic fruits. But with some careful selection, you can still enjoy the whole fruit spectrum. Be sure to pick very ripe fruits. In these fruits, the acid content has greatly decreased.

What this means for you is that you can eat the fruits you want and greatly reduce your risk of enamel erosion and therefore potential tooth decay.

It is well known that fruits of all kinds are good for you, providing you with several essential vitamins and minerals. However, certain fruits contain high levels of acid that can be detrimental to your teeth. You don't have to avoid these fruits.

By choosing a very ripe piece, you are ensuring that you can still enjoy your favorite fruits while keeping down the level of acidity, thus saving your teeth from potential damage.

Please contact us if you have any questions about dental friendly foods.
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