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United by Passion for Pickles, Israeli-Chinese Team Claims Dental Discovery

June 10, 2020
by The Times of Israel


Pickles, a heimishe classic, may also be a dentist’s dream, with new research suggesting that they can protect teeth from cavities.

When scientists from two pickle-passionate nations, Israel and China, put their heads together to advance dental care, their thoughts turned to pickles. A team from Ben Gurion University of the Negev and China’s Sichuan University has now concluded that probiotics produced in the pickling process can slow the buildup of plaque.

After the researchers infected two groups of rats with a dose of cavity-causing bacteria designed to significantly speed tooth decay and monitored them for 35 days, the group that received probiotics from pickles had 20 percent to 30% fewer cavities.

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