"Hurry up with my croissants," rapper Kanye West more or less said on his latest album, "Yeezus."
While West didn't win anything at the 2014 Grammy Awards, he knows what these tasty morning rolls have to offer. Especially because Thursday, Jan. 30, is National Croissant Day. We couldn't wait either.
A croissant is a rich, flaky crescent-shaped pastry roll made of yeast dough. Often it's filled with a chocolate paste, or served with jam for breakfast. Since they consist of almost all carbohydrates and fat, this tasty treat can be a doozy for your teeth.
Sugar falls under the category of carbohydrates, an energy source for your body and a troublesome source for your pearly whites. When carbohydrates stick onto your teeth too long, bacteria that live in the mouth interact with these foods, turning them into acids. The bacteria, food debris and acid combine to create dental plaque, the yellowish substance which erodes dental enamel, leading to holes in the teeth called cavities.
The last thing you or Kanye want after a croissant is a cavity treatment (just because the rapper has a bottom row of teeth made of diamonds doesn't mean he can't get tooth decay in his upper molars).
If you're whipping up your croissant with jam, opt for the blueberry kind. This super fruit contains one of the highest amounts of antioxidants among all fruits and vegetables. These disease-fighting molecules work to destroy free radicals, which have been known to damage DNA, resulting in illness.
However, since jams and jellies pack their fair share of sugars, be sure to floss or brush after eating them, as the seeds often get stuck in the nooks and crannies of your molars. At the very least, rinse your mouth out with water to peel the carbohydrates off of your teeth. Then throw in a stick of gum, which spurs saliva production and helps to fight off harmful bacteria in the mouth. If these foods linger in the mouth, they stand a good chance of causing bad breath.
Going crazy for croissants
There's no doubt that croissants continue to populate the mainstream as early morning food. Within the last two years, Starbucks has doubled their sales in croissants after changing their recipe. Now, the doughy treats are hotter than ever. Yet, the best way to enjoy them is with a full meal, because saliva production peaks during this time, helping to wash down remaining food debris and odor-causing bacteria that would trigger dental plaque along with bad breath.
Indulge in your crazy croissant as part of balanced diet for National Croissant Day!