Your teeth and bones need calcium to stay healthy and strong, so it’s no surprise that dentists are quick to remind patients to get their daily intake of dairy. Of course, you can also get calcium from vegetables and there are tons of calcium enriched plant-based products.
Yogurt: Always check the nutrition facts when buying yogurt. While most of the brands that Metropolitan Market stocks are healthy, there are a few that sneak way too much sugar to be healthy. Yogurt is creamy, delicious snack that’s chock full of calcium and probiotics, but if it’s loaded with sugar, you might be doing more damage good. Try a sugar free option and load up with sweet berries or honey for flavor!
Cheese: Not only is cheese a grate (see what we did there?) source of calcium, its texture can actually help scrub plaque off teeth sometimes! Cheese also stimulates saliva production and helps lower the mouth’s acidity, making it a hostile environment for bad bacteria and plaque. However, you’ll want to be picky with your cheese, just like you were with your yogurt. Many brands of cheese are actually categorized as cheese products that actually don’t have much if any cheese. Pre-packaged cheese dips, American cheese, imitation cheese, and cheese sprays are often made of milk by-product, emulsifiers, saturated vegetable oils, salt, and whey. These processed foods don’t offer the same health benefits as actual cheese, so check the ingredients on a product before purchasing. Some of our favorite cheeses are cheddar, monterey jack, brie, gorgonzola, and roquefort.
Milk: Metropolitan Market has tons of milk options, from regular 2% to lactose free to plant-based. Almost all milks are fortified with additional calcium and minerals, so you can’t go wrong!
Applesauce: If fresh apples are too crunchy, applesauce is a sweet and fruity alternative you can indulge in. Just make sure to check the sugar content on the back! Some companies add extra sugar, making the applesauce less healthy and bad for teeth.
Eggs: We have no idea why eggs are slotted in the same aisle as dairy, but we do know that they provide the perfect consistency for anyone with braces. Whether they’re fried, scrambled, boiled, or poached, eggs are a superfood that are packed with vitamins, minerals, and protein.