Be nice to your mouth on National Fudge Day
Did you know that there is a day specifically dedicated to fudge? This delightful confectionery concoction is a favorite for many, and on June 16, you can indulge in this sweet treat without feeling too guilty. On National Fudge Day, you can have your fudge and eat it too by finding healthier options that are still to-die-for and won't give you bad breath or cause tooth decay.
Chocolate and its benefits
It was a great day around the world when researchers first made the claim that chocolate is good for your overall health. Although not all fudge is chocolate, it is the most beloved flavor! Chocolate helps to boost metabolism, increase brain power, provides energy, benefits the skin and triggers happiness in the brain. So on National Fudge Day, you shouldn't feel guilty about chowing down on a few pieces of chocolate fudge; however, studies also show that the darker the chocolate, the more powerful its benefits.
Dark chocolate contains antioxidants that protect the body from free radicals and toxins that can cause serious health issues by attacking the body's healthy cells. Plus, chocolate can balance out the anaerobic bacteria in the mouth that cause bad breath and tooth decay. That's right, chocolate can fight tooth decay! Chocolate also contains tannins that prohibit the growth of streptococcus mutans, the bad bacteria in the mouth.
Some doctors recommend eating one serving of dark chocolate per day for good health, but it's important not to overindulge in the dessert. If you are consuming a high level of sugar, such as milk or white chocolate, you may not be receiving the benefits of this dessert and can be causing tooth decay and bad breath. Dark chocolate has the highest level of flavonoids, which are in fruits and vegetables, compared with other variations of sweet treat.
Choose healthy fudge
OK, so fudge isn't necessarily a healthy food item, but there are some flavors that have more to offer health-conscious snackers than others. For example, a piece of dark chocolate almond fudge is going to be a much better option than cake batter or white chocolate. Try to make smart choices so your treat doesn't cause bad breath.
Want to make your own fudge for the day? This is the best way to make sure that the fudge you are eating on National Fudge Day is good for your overall health. A great organic recipe includes:
- Three cups of unsweetened coconut
- 1/2 cup of cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup of raw honey
- 1/2 tsp of unrefined sea salt
- 1/4 cup peanut butter/almond butter (optional)
This healthy recipe has several ingredients that are great for you, so you won't have to fret about eating a few squares of this yummy fudge. For example, raw honey is known for its healing benefits that can help people with allergies, asthma, canker sores and more. This sweet but natural ingredient is a great way to boost the beneficial properties of your fudge without giving up the sweet taste that you crave.
If you've decided that you will indulge in unhealthy fudge just for the day, there are a few ways that you can be sure to keep bad breath at bay. It is best to include some fruits and vegetables in your diet, as these foods work against anaerobic bacteria in the mouth so that you can balance out the bad with the good. Additionally, you should have plenty of water to drink after eating fudge. Sugary fudge is sticky and will get caught easily in the crevices of the mouth and teeth. Water will help to wash this away, especially if you are not able to brush your teeth or use mouthwash afterward.