Thanks to the advent of high-protein diets, carbohydrates have erroneously evolved into a dirty word. The organic compounds are important to the body's self regulating system as the devices perform numerous roles including storing energy, provide the backbone of the genetic molecule known as RNA and are essential in fueling the bodies immune system. However not all carbs are created equally and based on the options consumed, they can either provide a boost or destroy dental health.
A trip to the store will reveal hundreds of foods that are classified as carbohydrates. Some foods include fruits, breads, pastas, beans, potatoes, whole grains, vegetables, candy and soft drinks. Although they all are carbs, they are not created equally in regards to providing proper nutrition and boosting dental health. As a matter of fact, many processed foods including crackers, cookies and soft drinks are carbohydrates known for contributing to high levels of oral bacteria and subsequently tooth decay, cavities and gum disease. Fortunately there are plenty of great carbohydrates available that are not only delicious, but also nutritiously sound and capable of helping (not harming) dental health thanks to the vitamins packed inside and the lower-sugar nature of the beast.
Nutritious foods are essential to life and various sources indicate that humans should get 45 percent to 75 percent of their diet from the right carbohydrates. It is important to note that not all of the compounds are created equally and instead of going for the processed foods high in sugar (a favorite treat of oral bacteria), eating the most natural option of the bunch can help stabilize blood glucose, help boost the metabolism as well as deliver plenty of perks for dental health.
Whole Grain Pasta
For thousands of years, pasta has been the staple in the human diet. The predecessor to today's pasta were strips of dough that were fried and layered with other foods such as meat. Overtime, pastas have evolved to feature thousands of shapes and varieties (including white pasta, egg noodles, fresh pasta and coutless shapes), to be boiled in water and has become a staple in many diets. Individuals looking to have their pasta and eat it too are advised to choose options featuring the added benefit of whole grain for dental health and general well being.
For years, white pasta was a cupboard necessity of the American household as the food could be stored for long periods of time and could be prepared quickly. During the food's production cycle into refined white flour, grains are stripped bare during the manufacturing process and the healthiest part of the ingredients are removed. As a result, when eaten white pasta will cause blood sugar levels to spike, force a metabolism to slow down and can even contribute to weight gain. Plus, after consumed, white pasta will deposit tons of sugars on teeth. That will in turn attract oral bacteria and the dental problems they cause.
Instead, pasta featuring whole grains is a much better choice. The foods are abundant and easily located next to the conventional pastas. Although they may cost a bit more money then white pasta (typically less than a dollar more), whole grain options provide a more powerful nutritional punch courtesy of the entire grain kernel including the healthy bran, germ and endosperm.
Research conducted at the McMaster University in Canada has shown that individuals who ate at least three servings of whole grains a day were able to keep their teeth longer than their processed foods loving counterparts as that consumption was found to lower the odds of periodontitis from developing. Other studies have shown that consuming whole grains can help stabilize blood sugar level; reducing periodontitis in diabetics and others in need.