The color red is both bold and symbolic. In China, red is the color associated with good luck and fortune. Those in Sweden reserved Falun red for the privileged class. Studies show that American males are more attracted to women in red. There is no arguing how powerful the color can be and that statement also applies to red foods to promote dental health.
Nature has produced slews of naturally rose-hued bounties. Various shades of red cover apples, beets, grapes and peppers, healthy foods that are part of the government recommended Nutrition Plate. While each and every fruit and vegetable deliveries specific vitamins and nutrients essential to well being, some red foods are known for being antioxidant powerhouses essential for dental health.
Cranberries are a tart little fruit often regulated to the holiday season or to be mixed with vodka. When it comes to promoting dental health, the fruit deserves to take center stage as the food is believed to be one of the most antioxidant-rich fruits on earth complete with dozens of health-promoting phytochemicals.
Cranberries are packed with vitamin C, catechins, resveratrol, quercetin and anthocyanins and in their most natural state they are low in calories and fiber rich. The tart fruit's nutritional balance will naturally fight dental plaque development and less plaque means lowering the odds of developing tooth decay.
Research focusing in on the tart, little berries have found that they can promote dental health in several ways. In lab settings, cranberries have been found block the molecules that enable the development of plaque on teeth. The compound is called A-type proanthocyanidins and when fed to rats it was found "...that the bacteria's production of acid and glucans were reduced by 70 percent, and cavities were reduced by 45 percent," (http://content.karger.com/produktedb/produkte.asp?typ=fulltext&file=000296306).