Smoothies and Juices are everywhere. It seems so simple, you can get your 5-a day in one quick gulp. Are they really that good for you? It all depends on what you put in them. Studies have shown that some shop bought smoothies are actually worse than a can of coke and no one would have that for breakfast and feel healthy!
Some of these smoothies not only stain your teeth but actually permanently damage them. This is due to the natural sugars in fruit and vegetable that can lead to tooth decay or dental erosion. The ascorbic acid in the vitamin C can cause the enamel to erode, making our teeth doubly vulnerable to staining. Vibrant-coloured fruits like blackberries and blueberries cause your teeth to discolour.
The British Medical Journal recently reported on the dangers of smoothies for children. Their recommendations:
So, do we need to sacrifice our health by eating less cancer fighting, heart healthy fruits and vegetables just to maintain a glistening white smile? Thankfully, the answer is no.
Follow these easy tips and your teeth will continue to sparkle:
Bow Lane has teamed up with Nutritional Therapist Jessica Scott from Jessipes to find great tasting, health and tooth friendly recipes.
Electrolyte rich celery, cucumber and coconut water helps to restore balance within the body and bathe your cells in alkalizing minerals. At the same time, the berries alert your taste buds with an abundance of antioxidants, plant phytonutrients such as resveratrol and anthocyanins making their way into your body to prepare it for the day ahead. Cucumbers, spinach and celery are also a superb source of vitamin C which are needed for healthy gums.
Blend until smooth. Makes 500ml.
To make sure your juices or smoothies are not damaging your teeth call in to see your Dentist at Bow Lane. For further nutritious and teeth friendly recipes see www.jessipes.co.uk