Saturday, June 15, 2019

Food For Your Teeth

Food For Your Teeth

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Everybody knows there is good food that benefits our bodies, but what about good food to benefit our teeth? The health of our whole body including our teeth, is dependant on how we take care of it and what we put into it. That means exercising is important but also quality nutritious foods. Since we can’t really exercise our teeth we have to put more of an emphasis on oral hygiene and foods that give us positive benefits.

Vitamins in Food That Benefit Your Teeth

If you want to make sure you are eating the best food to benefit your teeth you should look for food that contains good vitamins like vitamin A, C, D and calcium. You can find vitamin A in dark green leafy foods like kale and spinach as well as carrots and squash. Foods that contain vitamin A help develop healthy gums and strong teeth due to the antioxidants that help fight off chemicals in your body that speed up tooth decay.

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Vitamin C is also great for the health of your teeth because it promotes healthy gum tissue and helps your body absorb iron which gives you stronger bones. Foods that contain vitamin C are usually highly acidic like citrus fruits, berries and tomatoes. The high levels of acid in these foods are actually harmful to the enamel on your teeth so you should not eat them alone but rather mixed in with other meals. Also wait to brush your teeth for at least thirty minutes after you have ate foods like this to prevent further enamel erosion.

One of the best ways to improve your teeth health is by eating foods packed with calcium and vitamin D. Since the majority of the calcium stored in our body is in our teeth and bones, it is important to continually be getting a daily dose of calcium to maintain the health of our teeth. Dairy foods like milk, yogurt and cheese contain high amounts of calcium but so do foods like broccoli and fruit juices. Since vitamin D aids in calcium absorption it is also beneficial to add that to your diet which can also be found in dairy products and even sunlight.

Eating a well balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetables and dairy products helps maintain the health of our body and teeth. This is extremely important to take note of because these are the foods that we should be eating and continue to benefit us. Foods high in sugar and fat do nothing for our bodies or smile and eating them actually has a negative effect on us.

Personally I like to put things in perspective and I think we should think of oral hygiene like exercise but for our teeth. If you always eat bad foods it almost counteracts the exercise. If you eat healthy foods it aids the exercise. Similar to our teeth, eating healthy foods aids with good oral hygiene making it easier to have a healthier smile. Try eating foods that benefit your teeth and the health of your body will enjoy it as well.

Victoria Cairo is a blogger for Greenspoint Dental in Houston, Texas. She loves eating healthy foods and finding more reasons why others should do it too.

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Stretch Out those Leftovers – How Long Food Can Safely Be Stored In Your Refrigerator

Stretch Out those Leftovers – How Long Food Can Safely Be Stored In Your Refrigerator

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Modern Western people waste an extraordinary amount of food. Not only is wasting food bad for the environment, but it is also bad for the budget – buying food and simply throwing half of it away is never an economical thing to do. Of course, in many cases things are sold in much larger portions or quantities than you actually need all at once, particularly if you are only cooking for yourself or for two people rather than a whole family.

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You can still easily avoid waste however, by keeping the food you don’t use preserved in your fridge or freezer, or cooking more of a dish than you need and keeping some for another day.

How Long Is Food Safe For After You Store It In Your Refrigerator?

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Many people do put leftovers in their refrigerators with the intention of eating them, but then after a couple of days have passed they are unsure if the food is still safe to eat, and they end up throwing it out anyway. In actual fact, the safe times for common foods to be refrigerated (specifically, kept at a temperature below 40 degrees Fahrenheit) are quite easy to learn:

  • Raw poultry, raw sausages and raw ground meats (for example hamburger or ground turkey) have the shortest period where they are safe in the fridge, and should be used within one or two days. If you aren’t likely to do this, freeze them instead or cook them – cooked forms of these meats are safe for three to four days in the fridge instead.
  • Other raw meats including steaks, pork chops, lamb and veal, in any cut, are safe for three to five days in the fridge.
  • Opened packages of cold cooked lunch meats are good for up to five days. Unopened packs can last for two weeks (with some preservatives they can last even longer so feel free to go by the use by date on the pack).
  • Bacon is typically safe in the fridge for a week.
  • Mayo based salads, including those containing cooked egg, chicken or ham, can be kept for three to five days.
  • Cooked leftovers including cooked meat or chicken, pizza, vegetables and most side dishes can be kept for three to four days.

Further Advice About Refrigeration and Freezing

These are all conservative amounts of time that will guarantee the food will be safe (assuming it was fresh when you put it in the refrigerator). Some foods may keep longer, depending on their original freshness and other factors, so don’t panic if you have been eating things that have been kept in your fridge for longer than these recommended times. Whatever kind of fridge you have, whether it’s a huge commercial refrigerator or a small fridge-freezer, the same rules apply as long as the food is kept below 40 degrees at all times.

When it comes to freezing, food is technically safe to eat indefinitely, however there are recommendations in terms of when you should use the food for it to taste its best. These tend to range from just a month or two for pre-cooked leftovers, to around a year for a lot of fresh meats, though it will not usually be harmful to eat foods that have been frozen for periods well beyond these guidelines, as long as you know that it has never been thawed and refrozen.

Today’s guest post is contributed by Richard Maxwell. A complete food buff, he likes to cook up various dishes and fulfill his hunger. When he isn’t busy munching away at his favourite dishes, he blogs about recipes and other stuff.

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Thai Food Culinary Inspirations

Thai Food Culinary Inspirations

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For the lovers of thai food and thai restaurants, here is a small appeal for your taste. What impress me on this concept of thailand kitchen is minimal food destruction by cooking in an opposite to the current American and European kitchen which cut all required vitamins, enzymes a minerals to zero.

Cabbage, carrots and shrimps salad
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Ratna sen yai noodles
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Tod man pla, sauce, cucumber – fried fish cakes
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Boiled chicken
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Fried noodles
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Muslim fried pastry
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Pork liver salad with mint
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Mixed mushrooms salad
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Mixed salad with pork sausage
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