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Here’s something to chew on. According to Christine D. Wu, Ph.D., professor, periodontics department, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, new findings reveal that a plant chemical, oleanolic acid, found in raisins, inhibits the growth of two species of oral bacteria. The bacteria Streptococcus mutans causes cavities, and Porphyromonas gingivalis is associated with gum disease. So, toss some raisins on your morning cereal and let them fight those teeth-destroying bacteria all day long.

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Reprinted with persmission from Signs of the Times, August 2006. Copyright © 2006 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.

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