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The Anti-cavity Foods: Broccoli And Shiitake Mushrooms

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Get sassy with shitake.

Protein powerhouse shiitake mushrooms are quite popular to those who are trying to cut back on fat and meat. They also have a more robust flavor than regular button mushrooms that’s why they’re fast becoming a kitchen staple.

Now, researchers have proven that these yummy mushrooms can actually prevent tooth decay. According to a recent study by the Paediatric Caries Research Foundation, its lentinan content has a strong antimicrobial property that specifically targets the type of bacteria that cause cavities.

Bring out the broccoli.

Broccoli belongs to the crucifer family of veggies. It has also been included in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s superfoods because of its rich content of Vitamin C, antioxidants, iron and some other cancer-fighting nutrients.

According to a study published in the European Journal of Dentistry, broccoli’s iron content may help form an acid resistant film on the teeth. When cooking this green leafy crucifer, be sure not to overdo it or boil it for too long. The best way to retain all its vitamins & nutrients is by steaming it!

What other reasons are there to love broccoli?

  • Pound for pound, broccoli has more Vitamin C than an orange.
  • Broccoli is rich in sulphoraphane (plant nutrient) that produces enzymes that could 'snatch' the cancer-causing agents out of cells before they multiply and cause cancer.
  • Vitamin E-packed Broccoli helps the body heal itself more effectively.
  • Broccoli is rich calcium and vitamin B2 that help the body release energy from food and maintain healthy skin, eyes and hair.

Check out some mouthwatering shiitaake + broccoli recipes. Start the new year with a diet that’s extremely healthy and teeth-friendly!