Just as many people crave sugar or salt, many crave a crunch. They love snacking on potato chips or granola. You’ll often find them eating nuts like whole almonds or raw cashews. If you looked a little closer, you’d probably find they have broken their teeth a few times as well.
The health benefits of nuts became widespread information just a few years ago, and with it have come a flurry of broken teeth. It’s true that almonds can lower cholesterol, and are packed with monounsaturated fats, which have been linked to weight loss; they are also extremely difficult for you to chew. It takes the jaw a lot of work to break down a whole almond between your teeth. They’re so tough in fact that they very often crack teeth, or break them.
In my practice, cracked and broken teeth have become much more prominent over recent years, and the number one culprit is a diet containing whole nuts. They also cause headaches for the amount of stress they cause on the jaw.
My recommendation is to consume sliced almonds or almonds in butter form. In the case of raw cashews it’s best to consume cashews that are in small pieces rather than whole. This does not apply to roasted cashews. Consuming almonds and raw cashews in this manner should not alter the taste or nutritional value, and you won’t lose any of your teeth either.
Beverly Hills Cosmetic Dentist Kourosh Maddahi
International Best Selling Author of The Hidden Epidemics
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