Candy wise, eat an apple. That was the saying and sometimes even with dentists there was a poster. We now also know that the acids from fruit can cause tooth decay. So what is wisdom: eating an apple or avoiding fruit every day?
The benefits of apples
- Good for the heart and brain: the antioxidants in the fruit protect our brain cells against oxidative stress. In addition, eating apples reduces the development of heart disease.
- Fiber: an apple contains fibers that give you a full feeling and are needed for a good bowel movement.
- Immune system: every apple contains a good amount of vitamin C.
- Cholesterol: the redder the apple, the more pectin. Pectin is a fiber that lowers cholesterol levels.
- Cavities: the juice of the apple can kill harmful bacteria. You also make extra saliva, which is good for cavities.
The disadvantages of apples
Like all types of fruit, apples also contain fruit acids. Biting an apple too often can therefore affect your teeth.
- Dental erosion: outside of apples, fruit juices, salad dressing and other fruit types are harmful to your tooth enamel.
- Dentures: an apple is often too hard to eat in the first few days after inserting dentures. Also later it is better to cut apples into pieces for consumption.
- High sugar content: recent research by the US Department of Agriculture has shown that modern apple varieties contain up to 50% more sugar than before.
Candy wise, eat your apple like this
It seems quite contradictory: eating an apple is healthy for you and can even help with cavities. At the same time, the acids and sugars from the apple can cause tooth decay. So what is wisdom then?
As with everything in life: ensure the right balance. The tips below can help with this.
1. Make your fruit moment part of the meal
If you lunch with two sandwiches, you will eat an apple after it. This is better for you than eating an apple in between (and thereby giving your teeth an extra eating moment).
2. Enjoy, and also eat your fruit in moderation
A maximum of one apple per day is sufficient. Also don't forget to alternate with other fruit
3. Eat the skin too!
Just under the skin are many vitamins and the skin itself contains many fibers. Wash each apple well and prefer not to peel it. This gives you more health benefits.
Different apples have different health benefits. Green apples, for example, often contain more fiber and sweeter apples are often richer in sugar.
5. Keep brushing and flossing
This of course always applies: give your teeth a rest (with a maximum of 7 eating and drinking moments per day) and brush every morning and evening. In addition, try flossing or heating well after meals.