Is Fresh Fruit Good For You?
Although you might be worried about whether the acidity of fresh fruit might damage your family's teeth, you should know that the benefits of eating fruit far outweigh any risks. First of all, the sugar in fresh fruit is less damaging to teeth than the sugars in fruit-flavored candy or other sugary treats. Fresh fruit is also better for your teeth than dried fruit since sticky dried fruit can often stick to the surface of the teeth, causing problems with decay.
While most fruit is fine for your teeth and helps to provide vital nutrients to your entire body, some fruits are more acidic than others and can, if eaten in large amounts, cause some erosion of the enamel. While some fruits that are high in acid might seem obvious (like limes and lemons), others (like apples) might surprise you. Blue plumbs, grapes, pomegranates, blueberries, pineapples, peaches, mangos, and oranges are all very acidic. This does not mean, however, that you need to give up these nutritious fruits entirely.
Ways To Prevent Acid Erosion
You can opt for low-acid fruits as a snack or ingredient whenever possible. In fact, this recipe for fruit kabobs is made of melon, which are low-acidic fruits, making it an ideal tooth friendly recipe.
Melon Kabobs For Healthy Smiles
1 Cantaloupe 1 Watermelon 1 Honeydew Melon
Using a melon baller, scoop out the flesh of your cantaloupe, watermelon, and honeydew melon into equal-sized balls. Alternate the three types of melons and serve on skewers. Melon tastes best when cold, so keep your tray of fruit kabobs in the refrigerator until right before serving. If members of your family are not melon fans, you could also serve kabobs with blackberries, bananas, and kiwi instead.
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Tooth-Friendly Recipe 9: Fruit Kabobs