Strawberries vs. Blueberries: Which is Better for Your Smile?

Strawberries and blueberries are the two most commonly consumed berries. They both have strong, distinct tastes and are very similar in their nutrients. Which berry is better for your smile?

Nutrients

Both berries are low in calories and rich in antioxidants that can help lower your blood pressure, improve your heart health, and keep your smile healthy. Strawberries are high in vitamin C, potassium, fiber, folic acid, vitamin K, and manganese. Likewise, blueberries are also rich in vitamin C, fiber, manganese, and vitamin E. Blueberries have also shown to improve your memory.

Color

The obvious difference between the berries is their colors. Strawberries are red, while blueberries are blue. Unlike many red foods, strawberries won’t stain your teeth. In fact, they contain malic acid that can actually help whiten your teeth. Blueberries, on the other hand, contain dark pigments called anthocyanins. The blue and purple shades can rub off on your teeth and leave a discolored hue.

Seeds

Both fruits contain seeds that can hurt your smile. While eating a strawberry, it’s impossible to avoid the seeds. They are the small black rough spots found in the outer skin of the berry. One strawberry contains about 200 seeds, all of which have the potential to stick between your teeth. Blueberry seeds, however, are very small and are often found in the middle of the berry. They can still become lodged between teeth, but they aren’t as rough as strawberry seeds.

You can enjoy both blueberries and strawberries in their natural, fresh form for the rawest nutrients, but you can also turn their flavors into yogurt, smoothies, and other healthy foods. Ask Dr. Osborn if your favorite berry is staining your teeth or providing enough healthy nutrients. Contact our dentist office in Lone Tree, CO, at (303) 799-9993 to schedule an appointment. We serve patients from Denver, Aurora, Littleton, Englewood, and the surrounding areas.

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