We all know that eating too much candy or chocolate could cause serious damage to our teeth. Mom says it, the dentist says it, but what Japanese scientists say is just the opposite.
A study at Osaka University of Japan has shown that chocolate could actually fight tooth decay. The cocoa bean, which is its main ingredient, has the power to thwart bacteria, which causes tooth decay and plaque.
Tooth decay, often causing caries, occurs when the sugar on our teeth is turned into acids. The study reported that chocolate could cause less damage to your mouth rather than most candy products. Тhis is because the cocoa beans have anti-bacterial agents, which could counterbalance its sugar level.
The theory has been tested on lab rats and it has clearly shown that chocolate indeed helps in reducing dental decay. However, you shouldn’t overestimate it. If you wish to indulge yourself with sugary foods, be sure to keep an eye of your meal proportions and to maintain a high level of mouth hygiene.