Spring is here and gardens everywhere are starting to bloom. As the weather continues to warm up, you’ll be able to find more and more in-season produce at the grocery store. This is good news for those who want to eat healthier. And it’s GREAT news for those with a sweet tooth. Why? Because many different kinds of delicious fruits are about to come into season.
Fresh fruit is a great option for those who crave sweet stuff, but don’t want to damage their teeth by eating candy and treats packed with sugar or corn syrup. And because fruit that’s in season tends to be cheaper, it will likely cost less pound-for-pound than candy, cookies, or ice cream. It’s true that fruit has some natural sugars in it, but the amount of sugar is far less than what you’d find in a candy bar or a piece of milk chocolate. Fruit also has lots of water, fiber, and tons of vitamins and minerals. This makes fruit a much healthier choice than store-bought treats with added sugar.
Any piece of fruit is better than a piece of candy. But some are especially good for the health of your chompers. Crisp, crunchy apples can help clean the teeth and massage the gums after a meal. Strawberries contain a compound that has been shown to whiten teeth. They’re also loaded with Vitamin C, which you need for healthy teeth and gums. Other fruits high in Vitamin C include pineapple, kiwi, mango, papaya, and citrus fruits. Just be careful with citrus fruits like oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, and lemon. They’re high in Vitamin C and calcium, which is great. But they also contain acid that can wear away at the enamel on your teeth. So just make sure to not overdo it on the citrus, and enjoy a variety of other fruits!
So next time you find yourself craving something sweet, reach for a piece of ripe, juicy fruit. It’s a guilt-free treat you can feel good about. Here’s to blue skies, sunshine, and a healthy smile. Happy Spring everyone!