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Eating Tomatoes Improves Oral Health

A recent study suggests that consuming more tomatoes, rich in the nutrient lycopene, could improve oral health by reducing dental plaque and inflammation. The meta-analysis of seven randomized controlled trials is clear. Scientists found that increased lycopene intake, equivalent to one to two medium-sized tomatoes, can help reduce the likelihood of cavities, gingivitis, and gum bleeding. Lycopene acts as a booster for the immune cells in the mouth. In fact, it kills bacteria that cause plaque and inflammation. However, this should not replace general oral care practices like brushing and flossing. Lycopene can be an additional habit for better gum and teeth health. For those who prefer cooked tomatoes, tomato sauce may be an even better option. Lucky for them, cooking increases the bioavailability of lycopene.


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Taylor Marks
Taylor Marks is a certified holistic health coach and professionally trained chef from The Institute of Culinary Education. Her passions include the latest research in health science, culinary arts, holistic wellness, and guiding others towards feeling their best.