HFCS Bad for Weight and Teeth
High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is one of the most popular food additives produced from corn. During processing, corns whole grain elements are stripped, leaving cornstarch behind. The starch then undergoes an enzymatic process to convert glucose into fructose and the result is a sweetener that is used as an additive in soda, breads, cereals, ketchups, soups and slews of processed foods. Despite the natural roots of HFCS, the additive is known for contributing to health issues like America's obesity and cavity epidemic.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have proclaimed that childhood cavities are the most chronic (yet preventable) epidemic impacting the health of the nation's children. New research has shown that dentists across the nation agree as they have reported an increase of preschoolers of all income levels sporting multiple cavities and tooth decay on baby teeth and have been relying on the powers of general anesthesia to help deliver the essential dental treatments to improve the conditions. Many nutritional experts agree that the over consumption of HFCS are negatively impacting the situation.
Dental caries are a type of tooth decay prompted by the release of acid byproducts by oral bacteria charged with the task of removing sugar and starch deposits left behind on teeth after eating. The opinion of the American Academy of Pediatrics, children who consume soda and other HFCS foods have a greater chance of developing dental problems than their healthier eating counterparts.
Corn on The Cob, A Mixed Bag
Anyone who has had fresh sweet corn on the cob has fallen in love with naturally sweet food. Harvested young and when the starch is in its "milk stage" the food can be boiled, steamed or roasted and provide natural goodness as well as some challenges to dental health.
Sweet corn does deliver a nutritional wallop as it is rich in many nutrients important for dental health including fiber, magnesium, phosphorus, thiamin and vitamin C (an especially important vitamin for those recovering from oral surgery).
However, those perks can easily be counterbalanced by not properly implementing oral hygiene after eating corn off the cob. Maize in this form is one of the most difficult to eat neatly and after the fact, most people will find that stray food particles end up wedged in between teeth. In order to counterbalance that reality as well as staving off dental plaque from banding together to remove the food, flossing teeth will act as a type of preventative dentistry.
Individuals looking to have their corn and eat it too are advised to avoid processed versions of the stuff and stick to popped or fresh of the cob to get the most nutritional value from the food. Additionally, skipping the add-ons such as oil, butter and salt are suggested as in addition to adding flavor, the condiments will also contribute factors that may negate the health benefits of maize. After eating corn, individuals are advised to drink water (to naturally wash away trace elements left behind), wait a half hour (for tooth enamel to reharden) and then implement oral hygiene to remove food stuck between teeth. For more tips on the "Amaizing Way Corn Impacts Dental Health," feel free to call 1-800-Dentist to schedule a dental appointment in order to ask your dentist directly!