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Healthy Fruit Drinks to Make You Smile

Eliza Martinez

You've probably heard it said that soda is bad for your teeth; not only is soda highly acidic, but it also leaches the calcium from your bones and teeth, which can leave them vulnerable to future damage. In addition to calcium to keep your teeth strong, you also need vitamin C to help protect your gums. This makes healthy fruit drinks an ideal choice for keeping your entire family smiling. Make your own favorites as part of a meal or a filling, delicious snack that you can eat at home or on the go.

Ingredients

Since vitamin C is important for oral health, opting for fruits that are high in the nutrient is your best option for making healthy fruit drinks that support the health of your mouth. Strawberries, cherries, papayas, currants, kiwis, guava, citrus fruits, and watermelon all contain particularly high levels of vitamin C. Blend your favorites with Greek yogurt or milk to provide your drink with calcium, and use a bit of honey or agave nectar to add sweetness.

Making Healthy Fruit Drinks

Whipping up a healthy fruit drink is as easy as getting out your blender. Simply put in the fruit you're using and add a scoop or two of Greek yogurt. Cover the mixture with milk or 100 percent fruit juice, add a drizzle of sweetener, and blend until smooth. Some appliance manufacturers sell small blenders that convert to drinking glasses so you can make your fruit drink and head out the door in no time.

A Word About Restaurant Smoothies

It might seem easier to just hit your local smoothie shop instead of taking a few minutes to make your own. This is not, however, your healthiest option. Many smoothies sold at restaurants or juice bars are very high in sugar. Consuming too much sugar poses the risk of many health problems, tooth decay included. Make these smoothies an occasional treat and stick to the homemade version the rest of the time. Having complete control over the ingredients makes you far more likely to wind up with a fruit drink that is good for your body and your teeth.

Learn more about healthy eating and drinking habits in the Colgate Oral Care resources.

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