Scientists are suggesting peanut butter is among the foods that can fight off gum disease.
A study suggests that the polyunsaturated fatty acids found in foods like fatty fish and nuts may help beat periodontitis.
The study found that those who consumed the highest amounts of fatty acids were 30% less likely to develop gum disease and 20% less likely to have periodontitis.
Expert Dr Asghar Z. Naqvi says: ‘A dietary therapy, if effective, might be a less expensive and safer method for the prevention and treatment of periodontitis. To date, the treatment of periodontitis has primarily involved mechanical cleaning and local antibiotic application.’
Researchers say polyunsaturated fats have already been shown to have beneficial effects on other types of inflammatory conditions, such as heart disease, and they may also play a role in fighting the inflammation that causes gum disease.
Foods that are naturally high in polyunsaturated fatty acids like DHA and EPA include fatty fish, nuts, margarine and peanut butter.