Healthy gums and teeth make it easy for you to eat as well as enjoy the food. Multiple problems can have a negative impact on your oral health. However, taking good care of your gums and teeth will keep them strong as you age.
The best way to keep good oral health is to eat healthily and have proper oral hygiene. In fact, various nutrient deficiencies are the main culprit of tooth decay, such as low levels of fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamin A and vitamin D and A in your body. Unfortunately, the standard American diet is high in processed foods and low in vitamins and minerals.
That’s not all, phytic acid present in some plant foods has been found to contribute to tooth decay. To be more specific, phytic acid is actually a compound present in plants. This compound is created, so that plant tissues could store phosphorous. Phytic acid is present in legumes, nuts, seeds, and grains. When you consume seeds and grains, the phosphorous found in them isn’t readily bioavailable, which means your body cannot digest it. Moreover, phytic acid decreases the amount of phosphorus available from the food you eat. Also, it binds to minerals, like zinc, iron, magnesium, and calcium to create a phytate. When bound as phytates, all these minerals are made unavailable to you. So, foods rich in phytic acid act as anti-nutrients by reducing your blood phosphorous levels and interfering with your body’s ability to absorb necessary minerals from your diet.
But, you can remove the acid by soaking legumes, nuts, and grains overnight in a solution of water and 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice.