The answer? An overwhelming “it depends.” We've all been told at one point or another to pack our diets with fruits and veggies. However, that last part – the veggies – is often overlooked in favor of fruity snacks instead. In order to have great overall health and dental health in particular, it's best to strike a balance between your fruit and vegetable intake – and, ideally, consume more vegetables than fruit on a daily basis.
Fruit are typically very high in natural sugar called fructose. Not all fruits are as high in sugar and acidity as others, however. The obviously acidic choices are lemons and limes, of course. The more surprisingly acidic options are blueberries and grapes. Instead, choose fruits like cantaloupe, honeydew melon, watermelon, and bananas. Be sure to note that a single banana can pack a sugary punch of nearly 14g, so eat these in moderation. A handful of raspberries or strawberries can be a healthy alternative!
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Source: Pleis, Donna. “Thirteen Acidic Fruits and How They Affect Your Teeth.” Colgate Oral Care Center. 16 August 2016.