[PHNUTR-L] Guess What Fights Bad Breath?
Kathrynne Holden, MS, RD
fivestar at nutritionucanlivewith.com
Sun Aug 21 12:58:40 PDT 2005
Colleagues, the following is FYI and does not necessarily reflect my own
opinion. I have no further knowledge of the topic.
Guess What Fights Bad Breath?
If you want to freshen your breath in the middle of the work day, eat
some yogurt. A new study from Tsurumi University in Yokohama, Japan
concludes that eating yogurt every day may keep your breath fresh and
reduce the offensive odors of halitosis, reports HealthDayNews.
How much yogurt do you need to eat? Six ounces of sugar-free yogurt will
Bad breath is not caused by the onions you had for lunch, but rather by
anaerobic bacteria that breed on the back of the tongue. These bacteria
produce volatile sulfur compounds. One of those compounds, hydrogen
sulfide, is what causes your breath to smell like rotten eggs.
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The Japanese researchers realized that regular yogurt consumption not
only prevented gastrointestinal problems, but also reduced the risk of
dental decay. "We are thinking that yogurt must be good for oral health,
also," study co-author Nobuko Maeda, a professor of microbiology at
Tsurumi University told HealthDayNews. So they recruited 24 volunteers,
each of whom received identical instructions for oral hygiene, diet, and
The study: Initially, the participants were told to not eat yogurt or
products containing streptococci and lactobacilli, such as cheese and
pickled vegetables, but in the second half of the study they consumed a
little more than three ounces of yogurt twice a day for six weeks.
Samples of their saliva and tongue coatings were collected, and
researchers measured the volatile sulfide compound concentrations in
The results: After six weeks of eating yogurt daily, the hydrogen
sulfide levels decreased in 80 percent of the volunteers who had bad
breath. The yogurt also significantly reduced plaque and gingivitis in
people who had bad breath, compared with the initial phase when they did
not eat yogurt.
The study, which was funded in part by a major Japanese yogurt maker,
was presented to a meeting of the International Association for Dental
Research in Baltimore, Md.
Kathrynne Holden, MS, RD < fivestar at nutritionucanlivewith.com >
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