Research has repeatedly shown that eating apples in place of processed foods entails a slew of health benefits, from improved heart health to reduced free radical damage. But do they also freshen your breath? Recent research suggests that one compound found in apples might fight halitosis, even if eating the fruit itself does not.
A study published in the Journal of Dental Research explored the possibility that polyphenols, like those found in apples or green tea, might inhibit the genetic activity of bacteria in your mouth, especially those that give off foul odors after you eat a meal or sleep with your mouth open.
Another study from Japan's Asahi Breweries discovered that a particular polyphenol found in unripe apples might reduce skin allergies and eczema. They found that laboratory mice with these conditions experienced some relief when treated with the substance.
These are not the first stories to suggest that an apple a day can keep the dentist away, much less the doctor. A story recently published by Reuters Life! noted that South Korean scientists are trying to breed apples that will one day be used to freshen breath.
Until that day arrives, it may be best to stick to brushing, flossing and using a specialty breath freshening rinse after meals.