28 Nov Keep Cavities Away…With Chocolate?
If you’ve ever been to the dentist you’ve probably listened to them advise you to stay away from too many sweets. Too much sugar in your diet can result in tooth decay, but what if there was at least one sweet treat out there that could actually be beneficial to your oral health? Well, there is and it’s in the form of the most popular sweet on the planet–chocolate. Dark chocolate, that is.
Dark chocolate is one of those surprising superfoods that just keeps on giving. Rich in antioxidants, dark chocolate has been recognized as beneficial for lowering blood pressure and bad cholesterol, along with a slew of other health benefits.
Along with reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease and other conditions associated with bad cholesterol and high blood pressure, dark chocolate has certain nutrients that could be beneficial to your dental health. It’s a great source of polyphenols, natural chemicals that help reduce oral bacteria, and tannin, plant compounds that may help prevent bacteria from sticking to the teeth. Other studies suggest that the heavy presence of antioxidants in dark chocolate could lower the risk of gum disease.
Don’t rush out and eat a whole bag of Dove dark chocolate just yet. Like your favorite fried food, dark chocolate should only be consumed in moderation–experts recommend no more than 1 ounce a day. And while popular chocolate makers like Hershey and Dove have great tasting products, the healthiest type of dark chocolate is organic and made with only 6-8 grams of sugar.