- Have you ever heard of a dentist recommending chocolate?
- Get to know the “super” chocolate
- The main reasons why this chocolate differs from other types of chocolate is because of it consists
Have you ever heard of a dentist recommending chocolate? Yes, I know it sounds unbelievable but after reading this article it won't sound that strange.
As kids, we have all been told that our favorite foods such as candies and chocolate are bad for our teeth and they equate to bad oral health and a painful trip to the dentist. While it can be true about candies it is no longer true about chocolate.
But, wait! Before hitting that Snickers bar, read the whole article and then think twice about the chocolate you crave eating!
We consume different types of chocolate: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate etc. The chocolate that nowadays is considered as harmless and cavity fighter is the dark chocolate.
The main reasons why this chocolate differs from other types of chocolate is because of its ingredients. Dark chocolate contains polyphenols, that reduce oral bacteria, flavonoids, which have been shown to slow tooth decay, different types of antioxidants, tannins, that stop bacteria from sticking to teeth and the most important thing is that is closest to CBH (cocoa bean husk), which helps harden tooth enamel. Since dark chocolate is made at least of 70% cocoa, scientists say that theobromine found in cocoa is even better than fluoride itself in protecting teeth against bacteria and eliminating acids. Researchers predict that CBH found in chocolate in upcoming years will be used as mouthwash and toothpaste.
So, next when choosing chocolate let it be dark chocolate consisting of 70% or more cocoa and try to give up on the other types of chocolate.
Bon Appetite chocolate lovers!
COPYRIGHT: This article is property of We Speak Science, a nonprofit institution co-founded by Dr. Detina Zalli (Harvard University) and Dr. Argita Zalli (Imperial College London). The article is written by Dardana Xhemaili ( Faculty of Dentistry, University of Medicine, Tirana)