Farmers Markets Make Healthy Smiles

July 1, 2014

One of the best parts about summer is a greater abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables. What better place to get them than at your local farmer’s market?

We’re lucky to live in Washington, because there are wonderful farmer’s markets across the state, in communities large and small.

At the farmer’s market, what should you look for?

  • Calcium-rich foods are a great way to maintain strong and healthy teeth. Some great options you might find at the market are dark leafy greens like spinach, kale, turnips and collard greens.

  • Foods high in fiber also contribute to a healthy mouth by keeping your saliva flowing. Saliva is the natural lubricant of the mouth and helps to decrease dry mouth that is both uncomfortable and damaging. Look for beans (lima, black, lentils, garbanzo, navy or kidney), berries (raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, or blackberries), whole grains, sweet peas, nuts, squash or more of those deep leafy greens.

  • Whole grain foods are also important because they are rich in B vitamins and iron. Whole grains help keep bones, teeth and gums healthy. Plus, foods that are whole grain are often high in fiber. So, add oats, whole pasta and barley to your farmer’s market list.

Food replenishes the nutrients we use everyday. If you eat healthy foods, your body and smile will show it.

So, make sure you take advantage of the beautiful crops coming into market this year by visiting your local farmer’s market.