Honey and lemon diet: how to lose weight by drinking a glass of lemonade daily

Does is sound a bit fairytaley? Well, good. Any diet that sounds too good to be true should sound. But let’s make things straight! This diet does not mean that all you’ll be “eating” would be a glass of lemonade per day (though we’ve heard of some even stranger diets). Nor does it mean that you will drink a glass of lemonade daily, continue to eat just as much and start losing weight immediately. Though the supporters of this diet stand by the claim that even if you do not change anything in your daily diet or lifestyle, you can still benefit from having this drink on a regular basis. All you need to do is to drink every morning a glass of water to which you’ve added some fresh lemon juice and a teaspoon of honey. You can also drink it after a heavy meal, to stimulate digestion. Here is why it works:

It reduces the appetite

Lemon contains a type of fiber called pectin, which reduces hunger and cravings.

It creates an alkaline environment in the stomach

And this is beneficial for your overall health, but also for weight loss.

It dislocates fat

The honey and lemon drink has an astringent effect on fatty cells, meaning that it stimulates the body to transform them into energy for your daily activities.

It stimulates digestion

Lemon stimulates bile production, while honey is anti-inflammatory, protects the stomach and has a mildly laxative effect. If you drink it in the morning, this basic lemonade will hydrate the colon, stimulate digestion and soften the stool, therefore preventing constipation.

It prevents bloating

Honey and lemon drink stimulates the absorption of nutrients and the elimination of toxins.

It eliminates excess water

The honey and lemon drink is mildly diuretic, therefore it helps eliminate the excess water, but also the toxins, from the tissues.

It boosts energy

The more energy you have, the more physical activity you’ll do and that will become noticeable on the scale soon enough.

Lowers cholesterol

Lemon contains vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that protects your cells against the damage caused by free radicals, lowers cholesterol and stimulates collagen production.

It accelerates your metabolism

Certain micro-nutrients in honey are believed to influence the way the digestive system processes food. This can stimulate far burn and cause a more rapid weight loss.

What are the challenges of being Vegan

Most major changes we ever make are motivated by the conviction that they significantly contribute to improving our life, whether that means a better health, our personal growth as an intelligent and evolved human being or some sort of spiritual enhancement. But, despite common belief, a good motivation and a high level of determination do not imply that the implementation of these changes into our lives will be an easy task. Old habits die hard, and so do old rituals, old passions and old ways of finding pleasure and satisfaction. Going to veganism almost always comes from a shit in one’s life philosophy, but nonetheless, it is still challenging for most.

What does being Vegan mean?

Cambridge Dictionary defines “vegan” as “a person who does not eat or use any animal products, such as meat, fish, eggs, cheese, or leather”.

The Vegan Society, though, has a far more comprehensive definition of the term. In 1979, when the Vegan Society became a registered charity, the Memorandum and Articles of Association redefined veganism as “A philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude – as far as is possible and practicable – all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.”

It’s more than what you eat

Being vegan is not just about having a certain diet. Vegans reject any product – be it clothing, jewellery or cosmetics – that may contain animal products. They also reject certain vaccines and medications, though the Vegan Society underlines the fact that it DOES NOT recommend to avoid medication prescribed by doctors, but rather try to find alternatives, medication that does not contain animal products such as gelatine or lactose.

To be vegan also means to be constantly preoccupied about the environment and avoiding any products or activities that may harm it. Many choose to ride their bike to work, refuse to wear petroleum-based products and invest in green energy. Many fight against animal testing of cosmetics or medicines and avoid visiting zoos or aquariums or to take part in dog or horse racing as they consider them to be a form of animal exploitation.

Honey, silk and other insect products are not considered suitable for vegans either, and some even choose to extend their way of life to the diets of their pets, though this is quite controversial, especially when it applies to carnivore pets, such as cats. There are quite a few vegan pet food brands, but many of them do not meet the Association of American Feed Control Official regulations for nutritional adequacy.

Veganism – some history and stats

The term “vegan” was coined in 1944 by Donald Watson, a co-founder of the Vegan Society in England. The name of the society was addressed before the appearance of their first newsletter. They have thought of “Nondairy vegetarians”, but it was considered to be too long and inefficient in expressing what the members stood for. Watson and his wife Dorothy came up with the word “vegan” and members were invited to suggest other alternatives as well. Some of them were: ‘dairyban’, ‘vitan’, ‘benevore’, ‘sanivore’, and ‘beaumangeur’, but in the end it was Watson and Dorothy’s name that stood out. Later, Watson said that the word was created from the first and last letters of the word “vegetarian”, as the diet was born out of vegetarianism.

Though it was very clear for all members what the vegan diet was, in 1949 Leslie J Cross signalled the need for a definition of veganism and he proposed that it was “the principle of the emancipation of animals from exploitation by man.” The definition went through several changes throughout the years and was last updated in 1979.

The vegan diet became mainstream in the last decade and it is increasingly popular, especially among millennials. In 1994 World Vegan Day was first celebrated on the 1’st of November, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vegan Society. 20 years later, in November 2014, the Vegan Society celebrated its 70th anniversary and proudly announced that “in the past three years, the society has experienced unprecedented, positive interest in the vegan diet, and a membership increase of 20%. Veganism is enjoying a period of media interest in the UK and US press as well as in other parts of Europe, unlike anything it has known before.”

According to a recent study, 6% of US consumers now claim to be vegan, up from just 1% in 2014, and 44% of consumers in Germany follow a low-meat diet, which is a significant increase from 2014 (26%). The study also underlines the fact that the rise in the number of vegans around the world and awareness of the impact of meat consumption are driving demand for meat-free products substitutes. Also, consumers seem to connect ethical and sustainable lifestyles with wellbeing and wellness, creating demand for more ethical prepared foods.

Other countries with high numbers of vegans are: India (27% of the population), United Kingdom (7%), Israel (5%), Switzerland (3%), Japan (2.7%), Canada (2.3%), Poland (1.6%) and Germany (1.6%).

Challenges of being Vegan

There are vegans that will tell you that it all came to them naturally, without much effort, and they’ll just focus on the benefits that the vegan diet brought to their lives, but there are also many vegans that still struggle, though they’ve make the switch to veganism years ago. Here are some of the challenges you might face, if you plan on becoming a vegan:

Giving up your favourite foods

This is the most obvious and common challenge for people that choose to go vegan. What many vegans will tell you, though, is that you have to be patient and, in time, you’ll grow to love vegan food and completely reorganize your list of favourite foods. But there will also be times when you’ll have cravings and it is perfectly normal. Do not feel guilty or ashamed! Your body goes through major changes and it is natural to sometimes be out of sync with your mind.

Shopping

You cannot always do your groceries from vegan stores and when you have to go to your regular supermarket, it will definitely be harder than it used to be. You have to constantly check the ingredients, ask questions and change your dinner plans if some of the ingredients are not to be found. But don’t worry! It gets easier in time. You’ll learn the vegan products and brands, become familiar with the names of the ingredients and learn new recipes that you can joggle with. For starters, though, you’ll just have to allocate more time to shopping.

Eating out

Going vegan does not mean giving up on all the friends that eat meat. You may convince them to try your favourite vegan restaurants from time to time, but you’ll also definitely need to find ways to dine in regular restaurants. But be smart about it! Check the menu of the restaurant online, give them a call if you have any questions and go with a plan! Also, talk to the waiter about your options. Sometimes to get a perfectly good vegan meal you just have to remove one or two ingredients, which, if you’re lucky, do not have too much impact on the final product.

Going to parties

Parties are where most of temptations linger. And if your friends are not vegan, probably there won’t be anything eatable for you. To make sure you resist, do not go to a party on an empty stomach! Also, bring a platter of vegan snack. This way you make sure you don’t starve or crave non-vegan foods; you’ll be surprised by how popular they can be with the other guests as well. Also, avoid talking about being a vegan, unless you find people that are genuinely interested in your lifestyle. Otherwise, stick to your little secret. Your close friends know about it and that’s all that matters.

Having to constantly justify yourself

Not all people are polite or kind and some just take your lifestyle choice as a way of you saying that everyone else is guilty of something or that you are better than them. And no, saying “veganism is not for everyone” does not help. Instead of enumerating all the arguments for veganism and trying to reject those against it, just try to avoid the subject, especially when you feel that someone is being aggressive. Vegans constantly have to deal with other people’s hostility and ridiculing. Be the better person and do not let yourself get caught in it.

Replacing dairy products

For most vegans, it’s not meat that is the hardest to give up on, but dairy products. Fortunately, there are very many alternatives and you’ll discover them all in time. You can replace cow milk with soymilk, rice milk, oat milk, hemp milk or almond milk, you can have crumbled tofu instead of cottage cheese and you’ll learn the best recipes for vegan parmesan, vegan sour cream and vegan ice cream.

Having to learn new cooking techniques

As a continuation of the above challenge, this is one you’ll have to work on a little to overcome. You’ll cook with ingredients you’ve probably never tried before, you’ll have to learn the best ways to protect the nutritional content of each ingredient and get an eatable meal at the end. But, on the bright side, your culinary creativity will get stimulated as never before. And getting a good result is incredibly gratifying! Invest in vegan cook books and sign up for online vegan communities for tips and recommendations.

Finding affordable stuff

Unfortunately, foods, clothes and cosmetics that have been labelled “vegan” do tend to be pricier. But vegan communities are usually extremely united and generous and all tips and bargains are shared. Also, you’ll find out soon enough that there are very many products accepted by the vegan diet that are not necessarily labelled as such. You just have to carefully read the list of ingredients and if you have any supplementary questions, you can always contact the brand representatives.

Finding vegan clothes / shoes / furniture / makeup / hygiene products

While choosing the right food can be a challenge, it is even harder when it comes to finding vegan clothes, furniture of hygiene products. There are certain brands that are vegan certified, but you’ll also find vegan products from brands that do not advertise this aspect. Knowing the right questions to ask can make all the difference.

Avoid eating the same foods every day

When going vegan, the tendency is sometimes to get a bit lazy and simply stick to a few easy to do recipes. But this is the worst thing you can do, as eating the same things everyday leads to boredom and that means you’ll be more tempted by non-vegan foods and more likely to give up. What you can do to avoid this is to make a weekly plan every weekend. Write down what you plan on eating every day, what ingredients you need and maybe make some notes on what nutrients each meal brings to the table. You can also find complex weekly menus in very many vegan cooking books.

Avoiding the temptation to eat unhealthy food

Giving up animal-based foods is a major shift in a regular diet and you may be tempted to replace all the foods you love with unhealthy vegan foods – deep fried, greasy or sugary. It is a common mistake to think that all vegan food is healthy and that once you’ve become vegan binging on certain foods is no longer an issue. You still have to make smart and healthy choices and while you are certainly allowed to indulge in some unhealthy food from time to time, just make sure you don’t turn it into a habit.

Remain positive

For some, the impact of becoming a vegan becomes visible right away, but for others it takes some time for their body to adjust and for the results to appear. If you’re in the second category, and especially if you’ve become a vegan for the health benefits, it can sometimes be difficult to continue on sacrificing the things that you love without any tangible result. Reaching to the vegan community can again be helpful, as you’ll soon find out that you are definitely not alone and that other have struggled with this issue as well and have won the battle.

Meeting your nutritional needs

There are millions of people who testify to the fact that the vegan diet helped them become healthier. But in order to be one of them, you have to properly do your homework and know what to eat so that you provide your organism with all necessary nutrients. Most specialists will say that the worry revolves mostly around the nutrients in this list:

Vitamin B12 – It is estimated that over one third (going to two thirds in some studies) of vegans have vitamin B12 deficiency. As there is no unfortified plant food that provides significant levels of vitamin B12, and supplements are many times poorly absorbed, you should be careful to include in your diet nutritional yeasts, breakfast cereals and vegan milk. Getting screened for B12 deficiency regularly is also recommended.

Omega 3 fatty acids – When you eliminate fish from your diet, the intake of Omega 3 fatty-acids may significantly decrease. Vegan sources of Omega 3 fatty acids include soy, flax, walnuts and hemp.

Protein – Though animal proteins are considered to be of a higher quality and they cannot be completely replaced, it is possible to meet your needs with plant-based proteins. These can be found in tofu, tempeh, soy, lentils, legumes, nuts, whole grains and seeds.

Iron – Iron is better absorbed in the presence of the vitamin C, so keep that in mind when preparing your meals. Sources of iron for vegans include grains, legumes, leafy greens, tofu, enriched cereals and seeds.

Calcium – A proper intake of calcium reduces the risk of osteoporosis and helps with muscle and nerve function. Calcium can be found in several vegan foods: beans, almonds, leafy greens, tofu, vegan milks, orange juice etc. Calcium supplements can also be helpful, especially for vegan women and children.

Vitamin D – Besides calcium, vitamin D is important for bone health as well, but also for the immune health, nervous system and muscle function. You can find vitamin D in vegan milks, fortified products and cereals and you can also get it as a result of sunlight exposure. For women at menopause, with a high risk of osteoporosis, a vitamin D supplement may also be necessary.

Honey – a great natural remedy for cough and sore throat

Sure, science has evolved and it’s amazing what medicine can do today. But some of the best home remedies for various ailments we still use and love even today have been inherited from our grannies. And, in most cases, you’ll see no doctor complaining about that. You’ve probably noticed that your healthcare provider and your child’s pediatrician are reluctant to prescribe antibiotics or painkillers unless they are absolutely necessary. And that is a really good thing! According to the World Health Organization, antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today and it can affect anyone, of any age, in any country. And while antibiotic resistance can occur naturally, the misuse of antibiotics in humans and animals is accelerating the process. So much that a continuously growing number of infections, such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, gonorrhea or salmonellosis are becoming almost impossible to treat because the antibiotics that were usually used are no longer effective. In this context, decreasing inappropriate antibiotic use is a key strategy to control antibiotic resistance.

So, whenever possible, it’s highly recommended that you help your body heal naturally. This, of course, does not mean putting yourself or your family in danger. If the symptoms are severe, they keep intensifying or new symptoms occur, you should contact your healthcare provider immediately. However, most of us deal with cough and sore throat on a yearly basis, without them being associated with life-threatening conditions. For these situations, honey is an amazing natural remedy.

If you’re like most of us, you surely have at all times a jar of honey in your pantry. And you might have even tested already this theory by giving your child a teaspoon of honey to relieve the cough and soothe its scratchy throat. But you will be happy to find out that scientists went further than that and found out that not only honey is beneficial against cough, but also that it has a complex mechanism of action that is even more efficient than you would have thought.

Honey for cough and sore throat – how does it work?

Inflammation of the throat and cough occur as a result of bacterial or viral infections. Honey acts in two directions: on the cause and on the symptoms. Due to its antibacterial and antiseptic properties and a number of specific enzymes, honey helps destroy bacteria and speeds up healing. Honey acts as an anti-inflammatory, rapidly reducing inflammation and relieving pain. It has a calming effect on the lining of the respiratory tract and prevents coughing.

In addition to creating a protective layer in the throat, honey has also been associated with some changes at the sensorial level. The sensory nerves in the throat react in contact with the honey and send signals to the central nervous system which regulates, among others, the cough mechanism.

World health organizations such as WHO, The American Academy of Pediatrics and NHS recommend honey for calming cough, being supported by numerous studies that prove its efficiency in relieving chough and sore throat.

One study, published in 2007, compared the effects of honey, dextromethorphan (an over-the-counter medication most often used as a cough suppressant) and no treatment on nocturnal cough and sleep quality for coughing children and their parents. A survey was administered to parents on 2 consecutive days, first on the day of presentation when no medication had been given the prior evening and then the next day when honey or no treatment had been given prior to bedtime. The results showed that honey scored the best, while no treatment scored the worse. In paired comparison, honey was significantly superior to no treatment, while comparison of honey with dextromethorphan revealed no significant difference. Still, parents rated honey most favourably for symptomatic relief of their child’s nocturnal cough and sleep difficulty due to upper respiratory tract infection.

Another study, published in 2012, compared the effects of a single nocturnal dose of 3 honey products (eucalyptus honey, citrus honey and labiatae honey) to placebo on nocturnal cough and difficulty sleeping associated with childhood upper respiratory tract infections. Participants included 300 children aged 1 to 5 years with upper respiratory tract infection causing nocturnal cough and, and again a survey was administered to parents on 2 consecutive days, first on the day of presentation, when no medication had been given the previous evening, and next on the following day, when the study preparation was given before bedtime. The results showed that parents rated the honey products higher than placebo for symptomatic relief of their children’s nocturnal cough and sleep difficulty due to upper respiratory tract infection.

A word of caution

Honey is contraindicated in case of diabetes, obesity or other illnesses whose treatments involve avoiding sweet foods. Paediatricians also caution that honey should not be administered to children under the age of one because they are at risk of infant botulism. Spores of the bacteria that causes this infection (Clostridium botulinum) can be present in the pollen, and therefore they can contaminate the honey. And although the incidence is very low, and to adults these spores don’t pose any risk, to the child’s immune system, which is still undeveloped, they can pose a challenge.

Why is Celery so Good for You?

Whether you like to eat it with peanut butter or cream cheese, as a summertime snack, or you’d rather add it to your soups, salads or your stir-fry dishes, celery (Apium graveolens) is one of those ingredients that can completely transform a meal. It’s flavourful and crunchy, fresh and tasty and it’s one of the few vegetables that are perceived, both by adults and children, as a snack option.

According to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center, during 2016 U.S. consumers used an average of 5 pounds of fresh celery per person per year. It may seem like a good number, but the truth is that celery is still widely underappreciated and underused, especially considering its numerous proven health benefits.

Celery / Celeriac / Leaf celery – What are the differences?

There are a few celery varieties that are widely cultivated, out of which graveolens, rapaceum and secalinum are the most popular.

The gravolens variety is the one that is most cultivated in North America. The plant has long, thick stalks, that grow in bunches and are typically sold fresh, without the roots and with just a few leaves. The stalks are eaten raw, as a snack or in salads, they are added in soups and stews or, sometimes, they are used as drink stirrers for cocktails.

In Europe, the popular variety of celery is rapaceum, or celeriac, which forms a large bulb that is used as a root vegetable in soups, salads and stews. The leaves are also used as aromatic herbs in various European dishes.

Secalinum, or “leaf celery”, is the variety specific to Asia and is considered to be one of the oldest varieties of cultivated celery. Its leaves have a stronger flavour and taste and they are usually used in soups or they are pickled and served as a side dish.

Celery – nutrition facts and calories

According to the National Nutrient Database of the United States Department of Agriculture, these are the most significant nutrient values for 100g of fresh celery:

Kcal: 14
Protein: 0.69g
Lipid (fat): 0.17g
Carbohydrate: 2.97g
Fiber: 1.6g
Sugars: 1.34g
Calcium: 40mg
Iron: 0.20mg
Magnesium: 11mg
Phosphorus: 24mg
Potassium: 260mg
Sodium: 80mg
Zinc: 0.13mg
Copper: 0.035
Manganese: 0.103
Vitamin C: 3.1mg
Carotene, beta: 270 µg
Vitamin A: 449 IU

Celery also contains vitamins B1, B2, B6, and E.

Health benefits of Celery

According to the review article titled “Medical benefits of Apium Graveolens (Celery Herb)”, published in 2013 in the Journal of Drug Discovery and Therapeutics, celery is rich in antioxidant vitamins and pigments which fight against the effects of free radicals, such as tissue damage and premature aging. These biomolecules also contribute to preventing coronary and vascular diseases and tumor formation by inhibiting oxidative reactions.

Here are the medical uses of celery listed in the article:

  • Relieves indigestion.
  • Stimulates the uterus.
  • It has anti-inflammatory properties.
  • It is considered to be effective in treating arthritic pain.
  • Wild celery reduces blood pressure.
  • Wild celery is known to be useful in cases of hysteria, promoting restfulness and sleep.
  • The essential oil obtained from Celery has a calming effect on the central nervous system. Some of its constituents have antispasmodic, sedative and anticonvulsant actions.
  • Homeopathic remedies are made from the plant and they are used in treating rheumatism and kidney problems.
  • Celery seeds are used in India to treat bronchitis, asthma, liver, and spleen diseases.
  • The ripe seeds, herb and root are aperient (relieve constipation), carminative (relieve flatulence), diuretic, emmenagogue (stimulate menstrual flow), galactagogue (promote the secretion of milk), nervine (calm the nerves), stimulant and tonic.
  • Several components from celery seeds were also reported to display anticarcinogenic activity.

Additional proven medical benefits of celery:

  • Celery extracts have also been reported to possess hypolipidemic, hypoglycemic and anti-platelet aggregation (inhibit thrombus formation)
  • Celery extract can significantly protect the gastric mucosa and suppress basal (or spontaneous) gastric secretion, probably through its antioxidant activity.
  • The leaves, stalks and roots of Celery were proven to be good sources of phthalides, known for their anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and insecticidal properties.
  • A study on the anti-inflammatory activity of celery concluded that celery stems possess anti-inflammatory properties, which is why the plant has shown promising results in treating rheumatic diseases.
  • Celery can lower blood glucose and serum lipid levels.
  • Celery essential oil is strongly inhibitory against Escherichia coli and moderately inhibitory against Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus.

Other medicinal uses of celery:

Lowers cholesterol levels

A study published in 2014, in the journal Advances in Environmental Biology, concluded that celery consumption can reduce serum lipids due to the plant’s antioxidant properties and it can, therefore, be useful in the treatment of hyperlipidemia.

Weight loss

With only 14 calories / 100g, but rich in vitamins and nutrients, celery supports healthy weight loss. Because it is rich in fiber, it also prevents constipation and helps you stay regular. Its crunchy texture makes it a great snack option when dieting.

Prevent urinary infections

Due to its antibacterial properties, celery is, along with cranberries, one of the most recommended veggies for UTI prevention. Because it reduces inflammation, it can also help with symptoms such as pain, pressure in the abdominal area and the burning sensation.

Precautions:

  • Because it stimulates the uterus, and emmenagogue (stimulate and increase menstrual flow) and abortifacient (causing abortion) activities were reported, celery should be avoided by pregnant women.
  • If the plant is infected with the fungus Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, skin contact with it can cause dermatitis.
  • Celery allergy is very common, especially in Europe. Actually, according to the EU law, it is one of the 14 major food allergens that must be declared in the ingredients lists whenever they appear in pre-packed foods. If after you’ve consumed celery or celeriac you experience symptoms such as nettle rash (or urticaria) anywhere on the body, swelling or itching in the face, mouth or throat, difficulty breathing, abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting, go to an emergency room or call 911 immediately. Celery allergy can also cause severe asthma and anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction.
  • Avoid eating celery if you have a low blood pressure, as it can drop it too much.

10 foods and drinks that stain your teeth

Your dentist always tells you that the best way to keep your teeth healthy is to maintain a balanced lifestyle, stop smoking, reduce the quantity of sugary foods you eat, floss regularly and wash your teeth at least two times a day. And he/she’s completely right. But healthy teeth are not necessarily white teeth. And while we all care about oral health, we tend to care even more about our smile. Your teeth might genetically be whiter or have a more yellowish shade, but nevertheless there are ways to make them look better… or worse.

Your teeth are constantly exposed to foods and drinks that can stain them. Dentists like to say that if a type of food or beverage stains your clothes, it will also stain the tooth enamel. And these foods and drinks usually have one or more of these four characteristics: they contain chromogens (colored chemical compounds that stick to the enamel), they are acidic (they temporarily soften the enamel, which allows the chromogens to stick easier), they are usually consumed at high or low temperatures (and this can cause micro fissures in the enamel, to which the colored pigments can attach with ease) and/or they contain tannins. Tannins also help the pigments stick to the enamel by demineralizing it and making it more porous and more adherent.

Another important thing that you should take into consideration, before we go on with listing the foods and drinks that can stain your teeth, is that while some of these foods are unhealthy and you should avoid them altogether, others are great for your health, so you should keep them in your diet. Just avoid eating or drinking them at very low or high temperatures and wash your teeth immediately after you’ve consumed them to remove any color pigments from the enamel.

So here is the top 10 of the foods that have the highest potential to stain your teeth:

Coffee

You might not want to hear that, but coffee does indeed stain the teeth. That because it contains dark color pigments that stick easily to the enamel due to the acidity of this drink, but also to the fact that it is usually drunk hot.

Tea

Black tea, in particular, warn dentists, can stain the teeth even more than coffee due to the fact that it is packed with tannins.

Energy drinks and sport drinks

These are very acidic and usually colored with artificial food dyes, so they can easily stain the teeth.

Soda

Soda and especially the colored varieties, is one of the main culprit for teeth stains because it is highly acidic and rich in color pigments. Soda usually contains compounds that are harmful to the enamel and cause corrosion. More than that, they contain high quantities of sugar, which can cause tooth decay.

Balsamic vinegar

It’s delicious, but it can also stain your teeth! Balsamic vinegar contains dark pigments that stick easily to the enamel due to the fact that this product is highly acidic and rich in sugar.

Soy sauce

From the same category as balsamic vinegar, soy sauce should be consumed with caution, as it is sugary, sticky and rich in dark pigments that can stain the teeth.

Beetroot

If you ever tried to peel a beetroot, you know that it cannot be done without staining your hands and every other object it gets in contact with. Unfortunately, the same happens to your teeth, especially if you eat it with lemon juice or other acidic foods.

Red wine

Red wine has three of the four characteristics of teeth-staining foods and beverages of which we talked about at the beginning of this article – it contains chromogens, it contains tannins and it is acidic. Even white wine can stain your teeth, so be careful when and how you drink it.

Ketchup and tomato sauces

Tomatoes are very acidic and rich in color pigments. In ketchup and tomato sauce, these are even more concentrated, increasing the risk of teeth staining.

Candies and other colorful sweets

Artificial food dyes stick very easily to the porous areas of the teeth. The rule you should guide yourself by is quite simple: if something stains your tongue, it will most likely stain your teeth as well.