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It is assumed that dried fruit is a great healthy snack but in reality, dried fruits are dehydrated and highly concentrated with sugar. Not to forget the added sugar in the packaging of dried fruits. More sugar means more cavities!
The harmful bacteria in our mouth consume the sugar and produce acids as a by-product, which can cause tooth decay. Dried fruits are also very sticky and can stick to your teeth longer than most other foods.
Fruits that are canned in sugary syrup may taste good but they can be very damaging to your teeth if you are not careful. Even the cans labelled as "light syrup" have a high sugar content often.
If you love munching on canned fruit as a healthy snack, make sure it is packaged in 100 percent fruit juice or does not have any added sugar.
Even the all-natural fruit juice contains a lot of sugar. The worst part is that many fruit juices in the market, especially those sold for kids, have added sugar in them. In fact, the amount of sugar in a majority of fruit juices sold in stores is not less than soda and sometimes even more! Besides the sugar problem, fruit juice is also very acidic.
The combination of sugar and acid is not good for your teeth. The acid weakens tooth enamel and sugar feeds the bacteria contributing to the tooth decay.
Try to eat your fruit fresh as a general rule to keep your teeth healthy. The fibre in whole fruit slows the absorption of sugar in the bloodstream, therefore, making it much healthier for your body.
It is not like you should stop consuming juice and dried or canned fruit forever. You can have it every once in a while as long as you remember to brush and floss your teeth after to protect your pearly whites!
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