Q&A – Healthy Foods Can Be Affordable

What are healthy, affordable sources of protein?

For your daily protein needs, the most affordable yet healthy options include: eggs, nuts and nut butters, beans and lentils (canned or dry), greek yogurt, cottage cheese, and chunk light tuna. Note: Kids usually don’t need to worry about cholesterol, but if you’re an adult, eat only one egg per day.

What are the worst foods for my teeth?

Foods with sugars produce acids which eat away at the enamel of your teeth. Be sure and brush and floss after eating any of these foods:

  1. Candy, especially chewy or hard candy. Eat candy rarely!
  2. Potato chips and flour-based snacks (crackers, pretzels, bread) can turn into a paste after chewing, and get trapped in the spaces between teeth.
  3. Acidic foods like citrus fruits and pickles.
  4. Soda might actually be worse for your teeth than candy! Carbonated soft drinks—even diet versions—can wear away at tooth enamel and take minerals from your teeth.

What foods and drinks can stain my teeth?

  1. Drinks such as coffee, tea, and red wine are the biggest culprits in staining teeth.
  2. Blue, purple, and red berries are a lesser known cause of food stains.
  3. Foods and candies that contain a high amount of dye and stain your tongue may likely stain your teeth as well over the long term.
  4. Soy sauce, curry sauce, tomato sauce, and other sauces with deep colors can stain teeth if eaten regularly.

What foods are good for my teeth?

  1. Chicken and other lean meats contain calcium and phosphorus which can help rebuild tooth enamel.
  2. Crunchy fruits and veggies like apples or celery are filled with water so they help clean teeth. The chewing massages the gums and stimulates saliva flow which washes away acid from your teeth.
  3. Dairy products contain calcium, which is good for your teeth. They also help neutralize acids in the mouth. Hard cheeses like cheddar can actually help clean teeth. Dairy products do contain natural sugars so be sure and brush after eating!

What drinks are good for my teeth?

  1. Water is the ideal drink of choice, but a daily cup of green or black tea can help fight bacteria and gum inflammation.
  2. Avoid sodas, juices, and sports drinks, as they bathe the teeth in sugar and create a perfect environment for cavity-causing bacteria.
  3. Avoid soda especially, as carbonated drinks (even plain soda water) contain phosphoric acid which can remove minerals from your teeth and eat away tooth enamel.

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