How was your Thanksgiving? Did you enjoy an array of treats, including that delicately spiced pumpkin pie? Many people have a heavy focus on food during this time of year. Focusing on herbs and spices can be a great way to infuse food with flavor without adding unnecessary fat and sodium. Many seasonings have medicinal qualities that have been turned to throughout history. Some spices can even enhance your dental health. Your Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, would like to quiz you on the oral-systemic benefits of some of our most often used spices.
Quiz on Spices
Q1. True or False: Paprika can help with weight control.
Q2. True or False: There are over 100 types of cinnamon.
Q3. True or False: One tablespoon of ginger has the antioxidant equivalent of a cup of spinach leaves.
A1. TRUE – Paprika can increase fat burning by ramping up metabolism. Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties also exist in this cousin of cayenne pepper. This means paprika might be able to lower your risk of certain types of malignancies, including oral cancer.
A2. TRUE – There are a great many varieties of the popular spice known as a comforting addition to baked goods as well as savory dishes in many ethnic cuisines. Cinnamon has been shown to reduce the blood sugar of diabetics, which can also be linked to gum disease.
A3. FALSE – Even more impressive, a mere teaspoon of ginger (fresh or powdered) equals the antioxidants in a cup of spinach. Ginger also has potassium, which can lower blood pressure. High blood pressure can lead to heart attacks and strokes (also seen to relate to gum disease in some studies).
Gum Disease Worries in Farmington Hills
Contact Dr. Askari if you are having any sorts of problems with your gums. Herbal remedies can help with your dental health, but there is no substitute for good oral hygiene and bi-annual dental checkups. Contact our 48335 dentist office at (248)474-6434 for a consultation. We are happy to serve patients of all ages, from Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Novi, Livonia, Detroit, and surrounding neighborhoods.