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Nuts Gave Tooth Decay And Halitosis To Early Human

Update Date: Jan 09, 2014 11:04 AM EST

Consuming nuts and acorns resulted in extremely bad oral health for early humans, according to a new study.

The study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Scientists, found that although nuts sometimes helped in their survival but ultimately led to tooth decay and bad breadth among more than half of the entire populations.

Previous school of thoughts suggest that the dental problem emerged from the rise of farming cultures and processed food. However the theory, with this finding is being challenged.

Researchers examined Archaeological deposits at Grotte des Pigeons in Morocco from the Middle and Late Stone Ages and studied numerous human burial sites before reaching to the conclusion. Surprisingly they noted that the tooth decay rates then were similar to those of today, even though people ate diets that are high in refined sugar and processed grains.

In another study published at Journal of the American Medical Association, related to nuts, found that babies born to mom who ate nuts during pregnancy had comparatively fewer nut allergies.

However, the study came with a warning that pregnant women shouldn’t start eating peanuts and tree nuts right away, as the study was just an association.

“Even though our study showed a reduction of risk, I really have to emphasize that the way our study was done only shows an association,” said Michael Young, the study’s senior author and an attending physician in allergy and immunology at Boston Children’s Hospital, according to Washington Post. 

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