dentist recommending CHOCOLATE? Yes, that’s right, you read
studies emerging from Japan, England, and the U.S. support the fact that chocolate
is effective at fighting cavities, plaque, and tooth decay in the mouth. In
fact, it's better than fluoride according to some.
chocolate (I can’t speak for sugary milk chocolate) doesn’t deserve its bad rap
as a cavity-causing treat. It may actually help prevent
cavities! And here's where the gauntlet gets thrown down. Compounds
in chocolate may be more effective at fighting decay than fluoride. Researchers
are predicting that one day, the compound found in chocolate called CBH will be
used in mouthwashes and toothpaste.
decay occurs when bacteria in the mouth turn sugar into acids, which eat away at
the tooth’s surface and cause cavities. Compounds in the cocoa bean husk have an
anti-bacterial effect and also fight against plaque. This makes chocolate less
harmful than many other sweet foods your dentist might warn you against because
the antibacterial agents in cocoa beans offset its high sugar levels.
research has even revealed that the cocoa extract is more effective than
fluoride in fighting cavities. To
many, this is shocking news, but for me that's not saying much. I'm not a big
fan of ingesting fluoride, and I think it has long been over-hyped (more on that
in future posts).
compound CBH, a white crystalline powder whose chemical makeup is similar to
caffeine, helps harden tooth enamel, making users less susceptible to tooth
decay. This specific compound has been proven effective in the animal model, but
it will it will take another two to four years before the product is approved
for human use and available for sale (in the form of mouthwashes and
the mean time, however, one can "administer" this compound via the ingestion of
3-4 oz of chocolate a day is a great way to take advantage of this wonder
compound and lower your chance of getting cavities. What an easy and fun
recommendation a doctor can make; it’s been called the food of the gods, a
supposed aphrodisiac, and the drink that Casanova favored.
this isn’t an excuse to binge on bonbons, nor ditch your floss and toothbrush.
For the best therapeutic effect (yes, I'm still talking about chocolate), it's
best to chew on cacao nibs. Most will find this option unpalatable.
best choice, is dark chocolate with less than 6-8 grams of sugar per serving -
organic if possible. Be aware that chocolate is a calorie-rich food, so modify
your calorie intake accordingly.
Raw chocolate is even a better choice, as it it
less processed, and more of the antioxidants are left intact.
Do all of this for
your teeth, but enjoy the other benefits of mood elevation and better blood flow
the recent findings, it's now more true than ever, that chocolate is a superfood . Chocolate has over 300 chemical compounds in it, making it one of the
most complex foods we know of, and I predict that many new compounds in
chocolate beneficial to us will surface over time and cement its nutritional