How many of these food facts do you know?
Test your knowledge of food with these 10 interesting food facts!
1. Milk is good for your bones and your teeth.
Drinking milk is a great way to get calcium, the mineral important for building strong bones. The calcium in milk is also good for building strong teeth. Bones and teeth look similar, but teeth aren’t made of bone. However, teeth do rely on calcium the same way bones do.
2. Sugar doesn’t cause cavities in the way you might think.
You already know that sugar and candy aren’t good for your teeth. But sugar by itself doesn’t actually cause cavities. Your mouth always has good and bad bacteria in it. When you eat sugar or foods with sugar (even bread!) certain types of bad bacteria begin to eat it. These bacteria produce acids that are what actually cause cavities to form.
3. Juice and sports drinks can be as bad as soda.
Juice and sports drinks taste really good, right? While a glass of juice or bottle of sports drink makes a tasty snack, they can actually be as bad for your teeth and body as soda! Even fruit juice, which has vitamins and minerals, also has a lot of natural fruit sugars. Do your best to drink water as much as possible and save sugary or fruity drinks for special occasions.
4. Popsicles and ice cream can cause a temporary toothache.
Have you ever bit into a popsicle and felt a sharp pain in your tooth? Popsicles, ice cream, and even cold drinks can sometimes cause a temporary toothache that lasts for a few seconds to a minute or so. This is because of the cold temperature shocking the teeth and hurting the nerve inside your tooth enamel. If you do feel this happens, make sure to let your parents know because you might have a cavity.
5. Your grocery store can have over 100 different kinds of produce.
Going grocery shopping with our parents isn’t always fun, but next time take a look at all of the different fruits and vegetables in your store. Most grocery stores can have 100 or even 200 different types of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and other produce for sale. We are lucky to live in a time where we can try out so many different healthy foods! Why not try something new every week?
6. Bananas are technically a berry and an herb.
Bananas are a great snack, but did you know this fruit is actually a berry and an herb? Because of the way bananas grow, they are technically not a fruit, though we do often lump them into the fruit category. Also, bananas are a great source of fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and other really important nutritional elements we need.
7. Lean meats provide protein and smile-strengthening chewing.
Lean meat is loaded with protein which helps our bodies grow strong and build muscle so we can run, swim, jump, and play. Chewing on lean meat is also great for our jaw muscles and teeth. Many scientists believe our ancestors had wide, strong jaws because of the tough meat they had to chew.
8. Food gives us energy and vitamins or minerals help us grow.
Vitamins and minerals form the building blocks our bodies need for us to grow. Even though vitamins and minerals aren’t food, they are extremely important nutritional elements in the foods we eat. The more nutritious foods we eat, the more vitamins and minerals our bodies are able to get.
9. Strawberries are the only fruit that has seeds on the outside.
Strawberries are unique in that they’re the only fruit that wears its seeds outside. Eating strawberries is also a great way to get vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, and vitamin B9. Plus, juicy ripe strawberries are healthier and tastier than candy. Also, there are over 600 different types of strawberries available today.
10. Apples, pears, and peaches are all in the rose family.
Munching on a rose flower wouldn’t be very good for you, but there are plenty of tasty fruits in the rose family you already love! Apples, pears, peaches, plums, and even cherries are all in the rose family. If you ever see a blooming apple or cherry tree, have your parents lift you up so you can smell the flowers.
Your dentist can teach you more about what foods are best for your smile.
Did you know your dentist can teach you about healthy foods? The foods you eat have a big impact on how healthy your smile can be. A kids’ dentist knows everything about how important a nutritious diet is and what foods you should be eating or snacking on.
By the way, how long has it been since your last visit to the dentist? Your parents can schedule your next appointment right now by calling our office or visiting our website!