By Dr. Saleh Al-Daghreer on Dec 04 2019
Sugar is among the most popular food cravings, especially for women! It is easy to reach for a sugary snack to satisfy your sweet tooth but have you thought of the effect it has on your other teeth? Satisfying a sugar craving doesn’t have to mean junk food, there are healthy sugars that will suit your needs and not harm your teeth. Check out these five tooth-healthy foods that fight sugar cravings!
Most of the time, when you crave sugar you reach for the high in fat sweets that can be harmful to your teeth. However, if you’re craving sugar, opt for a more natural resort-like fruit! It could be exactly what your body wanted. To make sure your craving is satisfied, try to eat these high in sugar fruit:
If you’re hungry, try mixing in fruit with yogurt to satisfy your sweet tooth and the rest of your body. Fruit contains healthy sugars as well as healthy nutrients and plant compounds that are highly beneficial to your overall health. Before you reach for the cookie jar, try a sweet treat like this instead.
Berries are a great way to beat sugar cravings! They taste sweet but in reality, they are quite low in sugar. They are high in fiber and are rich in plant compounds which helps to naturally whiten tooth enamel and promotes good digestion. Strawberries are one of the best fruits for your teeth, but it is important to floss after so no seeds get stuck in hard to reach areas.
Dairy products are very good for your teeth, consuming foods that are so rich in calcium is beneficial to strengthening your tooth enamel. Studies have also suggested by regularly eating yogurt, you are more likely to regulate your appetite and crave less sugar. The best types of yogurt for your diet include:
- Greek Yogurt
- Yogurt with probiotics
- Yogurt that contains live cultures
- Yogurt that is free of added sugars
Incorporating your daily dose of calcium into your diet can be easy. Breakfast is a great time to drink a glass of milk or have yogurt with berries! Dairy is a great tooth-healthy treat that the entire family can enjoy.
Chewing gum has many health benefits, sugar-free gum that is! Regular bubble gum is packed with harmful sugars that can cause tooth decay and cavities. Many people find it hard to give up chewing gum, we’re happy to say you don’t have to. Sugar-free gum comes in many different flavors and presents a number of different benefits for your oral health. It has also been proven that chewing gum helps elevate sugar cravings and strengthens your teeth and gums when chewed after meals.
Sweet potatoes are a sweet and very filling treat that is good for your overall health. They contain a number of different vitamins and minerals including Vitamin A, C and potassium. There are many ways you can indulge in this naturally sweet treat without causing harm to your teeth like roasting them in cinnamon, frying them in brown sugar or eating them as is! This super food presents many health benefits to your teeth and the rest of your body, here are just a few:
- They are good for digestion
- They don’t cause blood sugar to spike
- Vitamin A helps prevent tooth decay
Many people get sugar cravings as a result of hunger, sweet potatoes help prevent that because they contain mostly carbs which will leave you feeling full and satisfied throughout the day.