We know that eating healthy is great for our bodies, keeps them strong and functioning to their highest potential, keeps our weight in check and wards off life-threatening diseases. With all the talk about eating healthy, though, we often forget how important it is for our oral health. Choosing the right foods for our bodies is also so important for maintaining healthy teeth and gums.
What foods are good for our oral health and where can we buy healthy, fresh foods in San Marcos?
Sprouts Farmers Market
Try your local farmer’s market for healthy, fresh foods in San Marcos!
Proceed with caution!
- High Fructose Corn Syrup
- Artificial sweeteners
- Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
- Trans Fat
- Common food dyes
- Sodium Nitrate
These additives do not contribute to the nutritional value of the food, but are often used for preserving foods, or adding artificial flavors or colors. Foods that contain these additives are often highly processed. Highly processed foods usually do not contain much nutritional value and eating too many of them can contribute to overall poor health, possible weight gain, and unhealthy teeth and gums.
High-fructose corn syrup can be found in many surprising foods, such as breads, cereals, and condiments. It is cheap, easy to produce, and plentiful. Other sugars to watch out for are beet, and cane sugars, as well as honey.
Eating too much sugar can lead to tooth decay and inflammation of the gums. Sugar forms plaques on our teeth that begin to wear away the protective enamel, leaving teeth vulnerable to the development of cavities. You might only think of sugar as “table sugar”, the white sugar we all know so well, but there are lots of sugar types and they are often “hidden” in foods that you might not suspect.
Finding healthy, fresh foods in San Marcos isn’t nearly as difficult as people may have previously thought. With our abundance of local farmers markets and the great variety of fresh produce available, eating great for good oral health takes only a little planning and dedication!