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Whole-grain nutrition is gentle on the teeth
Some health experts have long been suggesting that certain foods, such as whole grains, can protect our teeth. An evaluation of several scientific studies has now shown that such foods are beneficial for oral health.
Whole grain products are good for your health
Whole-grain products are healthy: the numerous fibers they contain can stimulate digestion and prevent constipation. In addition, scientific studies have shown that a diet with a high percentage of whole grains can protect against many chronic diseases. Scientists found that people who eat a lot of whole grains have a lower risk of developing serious diseases such as cancer or cardiovascular diseases. They also found that this reduces the risk of suffering a stroke or dying from diabetes or respiratory diseases. But that's not all. A new analysis has now determined that eating whole grain products is also beneficial for oral health.
Oral health examination
A World Health Organization commissioned by the World Health Organization (WHO) has found that it is better to stick to whole grain carbohydrates to protect your teeth.
Industrially processed carbohydrates, on the other hand, should be avoided better, especially if they are sweet.
As the researchers from Newcastle University (UK) report, processed carbohydrates increase the risk of tooth decay. This is because they are broken down into sugar in the mouth by amylase in the saliva.
The risk is significantly lower for whole grain products. The scientists also found evidence that sugar from whole grains triggers oral cancer and gum infections less frequently.
Better to use carbohydrates from whole grain products
"Everything indicates that a diet rich in whole grain carbohydrates is less less dangerous to your oral health than one with processed starch," said Paula Moynihan, professor of nutrition and oral health at Newcastle University.
"Despite the unreasonable fad of eliminating carbohydrates from the diet, a carbohydrate-rich diet is okay for oral health, as long as it contains little sugar and relies on carbohydrates from whole grain products such as pasta, couscous and whole grain bread," added the expert.
The results of the study, for which a total of 33 studies dealing with nutrition and dental health were evaluated, have been published in the journal "Journal of Dental Research". (ad)