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America’s Worst Meal will Leave You with Bad Breath

Monday, July 29th, 2013

1214298_40439605On July 2, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CPSI) found the worst restaurant meals through laboratory tests from the organization. The winner goes to the unbelievable Big Catch meal at Long John Silver’s, which consists of fried fish, onion rings and hush puppies. This massive heart attack on a plate contains a whopping 33 grams of trans fat, 1,320 calories, nearly 3,700 grams of sodium and 19 grams of saturated fat. Phew, are you exhausted just thinking about this unhealthy meal? Just imagine the bad breath that you could suffer from after eating this meal.

Worst Meal: An overview
As the Worst Restaurant Meal in America, the Big Catch meal is getting quite the backlash as the company has taken perfectly healthy fish and transformed it into something that can seemingly clog arteries in the blink of an eye. With ever-growing research noting the link between oral and heart health, you can be sure that this meal will cause bad breath, promote tooth decay and create health issues that are long-lasting.

But Long John Silver’s is also practicing controversial techniques, such as using partially hydrogenated soybean oil. Additionally, the amount of trans fat in the dish has twice the amount of the worst dish on the KFC menu, which caused a lawsuit in 2006 from the CSPI.

“Trans fat from partially hydrogenated oil is a uniquely damaging substance that raises your bad cholesterol, lowers your good cholesterol, and harms the cells that line your blood vessels,” Walter C. Willett, chair of the nutrition department at the Harvard School of Public Health said. “It might have been defensible to use hydrogenated oil in the 1980s, before trans fat’s harmfulness was discovered, but no longer. It is outrageous that Long John Silver’s foods are still loaded with artificial trans fat and that the FDA still permits it in foods.”

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Foods That Will Help Bad Breath

Monday, March 15th, 2010

cinnamon bad breath

Some foods that are notorious for causing halitosis are garlic, onions, curry, fish and cheese.  Therefore, you’re going to want to freshen your mouth after eating these.  You also need to freshen your mouth once every 30-60 minutes until the breath offending-food is out of your bloodstream- sometimes this takes up to 24 hours!  It isn’t a good idea to brush your teeth that often, so trying some foods that banish halitosis may be just what the dentist ordered.

Foods that can fix bad breath:

1) Lemons- These are easy to find in restaurants, bars, etc.  Lemon-flavored candies can work as well as normal lemons, and are more easily portable.

2) Green garnishes (i.e. parsley, basil, and rosemary) - A garnish doesn’t always just serve as a decoration.  The meals that have garnish often have a lot of onions and garlic–thus needing a breath freshener afterward.  If you chew on a parsley’s sprigs, it releases breath-freshening oils. 

3)  Crisp and fresh foods like apples, firm pears, carrots, jicama are all high in fiber, plus chewing bumps up the productive of saliva (functions like a scrubbing rinse inside the oral cavity). 

4) Crunchy spices like anise, coriander, cardamom, and fennel seeds are available in many grocery stores.  Try getting these spices, mixing equal parts together in a covered bowl, and keep them around for mealtime.  If you chew on a few seeds here and there, enough oil should be released to freshen your breath after eating.  They taste good, as well.

5)  Mint sprigs/cinnamon sticks (cinnamon/mint gum, etc.)- These especially help against onion and garlic.  Cinnamon, with its essential oils, also helps kill various types of oral bacteria.  Gum without sugar is less likely to cause cavities and fuel the bad breath-causing bacteria. 

6) Berries/yogurt- Eat these foods to prevent bad breath…if you eat half of one cup of plain and sugarless yogurt twice a day, this can lower the levels of hydrogen sulfide in your mouth.  The same goes with berries, melons, oranges, and other foods high in Vitamin C- they help kill smelly bacteria in the oral cavity.  Try having a cup of fruit with yogurt twice a day, and this should help get rid of the bad breath.

Last but not least, practice good oral care, and this will decrease your “Real Age” as much as 6.4 years!

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