Chinese Food, Cavities, and your Dog

Here’s a general interest article about healthy eating, but it points out several things of interest to those of us with Congestive Heart Failure (CHF). Chinese food, for example, is loaded with salt.

Gosh darn it. I love me some Egg Drop Soup along with the Sweet and Sour Chicken. Looks like both of those dishes are now “occasional treats.”

Looking on the positive side of things, the sweetener Xylitol can help prevent tooth decay! Given as an oral syrup to toddlers, it can prevent up to 70% of cavities. The California Dental Association recommends five grams of Xylitol per day (“taken” in chewing gum or mint form), and the US military has been including Xylitol gum in their Meals Ready to Eat (MRE) packs since 2007. It obviously won’t replace brushing and flossing, but every little “trick” you can use to improve your overall health is useful.

While Xylitol can help your teeth, it can kill your dog. So don’t let Fido steal your snacks. If you buy Xylitol in the powdered form and use it in baking, don’t give Rover a Xylitol cookie.

Human treats are for humans, and doggie treats for dogs. That’s only fair!

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