Healthy eating is important to life as choosing the right foods provide a body with the essential vitamins and minerals for general well being and to promote dental health. Although there are plenty of cheap eats for dental health available year round, seasonal bounties should also be added to the mix as variety can help bring additional dental health benefits as well as stave off boredom. With spring right around the corner, 1-800-DENTIST presents some of the most tasty seasonal foods packed with additional oral health benefits.
Ever since character Hannibal Lector infamously said "I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti," in Silence of the Lambs, the Spring crop has gotten a bad wrap. That is a shame as the seasonal food (typically only available from March to May) is an amazing source of many nutrients essential for healthy teeth and bones.
Cannibalism aside, fava beans can be prepared and eaten in a number of ways including soups, dips or even as add-ons to a whole grain pasta dish. The legume originally grew in Southwest Asia and North Africa and has been cultivated for over 5,000 years. Spring is the peak season for fava crops, providing individuals with an opportunity to get nutrients like phosphorus, vitamin K and other oral health boosting components.
Each one of those compounds contribute to dental health and general well being. Phosphorus is a main component in teeth and bones, within the oral cavity it helps strengthen tooth enamel. Vitamin K is known for helping with blood coagulation, a must for individuals recovering from oral surgery. Those important nutrients backed by the high levels of antioxidants, protein, foliate, thiamine, zinc, potassium, vitamin A and iron put seasonal fava beans high on the 'must-eat' list.