November 6, 2019
If you have a problem with your teeth, you almost certainly have a problem with your diet.
The only possible reason people’s teeth would be worse now than they were centuries ago is that people’s diets are much, much worse. They are filled with sugar, in particular – along with other “processed foods,” which are not really even foods at all.
Modern-day Brits may have the worst teeth of all time after scientists discovered that our 17th-century predecessors had better gnashers.
Fewer missing teeth and less decay was discovered in skulls from the early-modern period.
Researchers suggest that this is down to sugar being too expensive for commoners meaning they were better at keeping their teeth rot-free.
Researchers from Queen Mary University of London looked at the skulls of 224 adults that were predominately from the 17th century – examining a total of 5,195 teeth.
An average of nine missing or rotting teeth were found.
Scientists compared this number to the 13.5 missing or rotting teeth found in 2,013 modern-day Londoners.
Dentist and researcher Joseph Smith told The Sunday Times: ‘Despite the lack of dental care in post-medieval times, the sampled population experienced less decay than the modern-day sample.’
He added: ‘Over the past 300 years sugar consumption in the UK has increased from 1.8kg to 23kg per person per year, with low-income groups [now] consuming the most.’
Public Health England figures released earlier this year showed that the problem is not exclusive to adults.
Dentists are pulling out rotten teeth from 1,000 children a month who have yet to reach their sixth birthday.
Always remember: eat as much like your ancestors as you can.
That means rejecting modern “processed food,” food that comes in boxes, food that comes in bags, food that is simply not “food.”
There is no point at which you are not eating too much processed crap – unless you have a time machine.
There are always oils, packages, preservatives, pesticides, hormones, plastics – and on and on and on. Even if you just buy meat and vegetables, you’re still getting some kind of crap that your body was never designed to process.
This stuff is always going to be in your diet, it it simply unavoidable, and so you always want to be removing as much as you can.