For years consumer groups have actively lobbied for more foods that
are lower in fat, salt, and sugar. So you’d expect to find more healthy
choices in the grocery aisles. On the contrary – our sugar intake alone has
doubled in the past thirty years. A sweet temptation – if only there were
no obesity, insulin-release, or tooth decay!
The decay which causes caries (cavities) is progressive. Oral bacteria,
which feed on sugars left in our mouths after eating, produce the
acids which demineralize tooth enamel and destroy your teeth – often
painfully. The progress of this all-too-common disease can be hastened by
the amount of acid-causing sugar and starches in your diet.
Choosing processed foods and understanding labels designed to
confuse can become a minefield, but if you want to avoid tooth decay,
there is something you can control.
Eat Five Servings a Day Of Fruit And Vegetables
Many fruits that are low in naturally occurring sugar are some
of the highest in nutritional value, including antioxidants and other
phytonutrients. These include strawberries, papaya, watermelon,
peaches, nectarines, blueberries, cantaloupes, honeydew melons,
apples, guavas and apricots.
What Vegetables Are Low In Sugar?
Too many to list here – almost everything, really. You may also
enjoy these good-for-you but naturally sugary beets, carrots, corn,
parsnips, peas, plantains, potatoes, and winter squashes. But you
might want to take an extra minute to brush and rinse.
Enjoy your 5-a-day the natural way!