Friday, September 26, 2014

Discover the Klove at Krazy Garlik

September might just be the luckiest month of the year. Aside from the month heralding the start of the holiday season, it’s the perfect time to discover the klove at Krazy Garlik. Debunking the negative connotations of garlic, Krazy Garlik has upgraded the garlic game in the culinary arena. From appetizers to dessert, the restaurant has managed to sneak in garlic and infuse it so well; you don’t even notice that its garlic making the dish oh-so-amazing. With fun and creative interiors themed as Alice in Garlikland, it’s hard not to be tempted to dine in such a cute restaurant with big and bold dishes perfect for sharing with friends and loved ones.

Krazy Garlik is giving one more reason to celebrate this month as they launch their month-long promo Oh My Garlik! (OMG!) Thursdays. Enjoy two Krazy Garlik bestsellers at the price of one every week. Add this to the many reasons to visit the nearest Krazy Garlik near you.

Kick-starting the OMG! Thursdays is the duo of 40 Kloves Chicken and Garlicky Crispy Pata regular for only Php450. The former is a dish filled with chicken thigh and leg quarters marinated in 40 garlic cloves, served on a bed of the original garlic cream sauce, while the latter features a deep-fried crispy pork hock topped with garlic bits and chili served always fresh and crunchy.

Take on the OMG! Thursdays with your friends, family, or just by yourself – all Thursday of September at Krazy Garlik branches, located in Greenhills, Greenbelt 5, Makati, Newport Mall, and Alabang Town Center.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Attack of Bacteria: What You Need To Know About The Enemy

Good oral hygiene begins and ends with bacteria. Start with a healthy environment for good bacteria to grow, and maintain this regimen by preventing bad bacteria from accumulating and causing plaque, cavities, and bad breath.

Win the fight against the bacteria in your mouth with oral care habits, starting with the food you eat. Avoid sugary and starchy food, consume more vegetables, and drink your eight glasses of water a day. After eating, always brushing your teeth, use oral care products with anti-bacterial features, and clean your tongue with scrapers or your tooth brush. By knowing the enemy of good oral hygiene, you can easily win the fight against it.

What is the Number 1 Cause of Cavities? Find out!

Just like many mommies, cavities had been a major dilemna for me. My little boy's teeth has had become chalky when he was still you and now they are full of cavities. I really wonder why, and lately I've found out the reasons.

Despite continuing education on the importance of good oral care habits to prevent tooth decay, cavities still affect nearly 100% of adults worldwide, and as much as nine out of ten Filipinos. This can be attributed to the lack of awareness on the importance of food in caring for the teeth, which has led the American Dietetic Association to state that, “nutrition is an integral component of oral health.

Dental care habits ingrained from childhood include brushing and flossing, visiting the dentist at least twice a year, and using a fluoride toothpaste. However, the role of individual diets on oral health has not been addressed beyond the usual warning to avoid sweets to prevent tooth decay.

Thought your family is safe from cavities just because they avoid sweets? Think again. While sweets are a major contributor to cavities, all types of food can cause cavities – even healthy options – because of a little-known byproduct of food consumption, sugar acids.

According to Dr. Vicente O. Medina III, Dean of College of Dentistry at the University of the Philippines Manila, sugar acids are created “when common oral bacteria feed on starchy food residue, usually within minutes of a meal. The acid level in the dental plaque rises, enabling sugar acids to attack the teeth.” While most people would be quick to blame sugar, it is actually sugar acids that are number one cause of cavities.

Since sugar acids are byproducts of starchy foods, even daily staples such as rice and bread, fruits and vegetables, and soda and snacks contribute to cavities. In addition, the longer food stays in the mouth, the higher the incidence of trapped food particles, and the higher the risk of tooth decay. Foods perceived as sticky do not stay in the mouth for long while those perceived as non-sticky are actually retained longer. Potato chips stay longer in the mouth compared with milk chocolate and caramels while chocolate and bananas are cleared from the mouth faster than white bread.

What does this mean for families? Most people have grown up with the notion that sweets are either the only or the number one cause of cavities. However, these studies have shown that it is sugar acids from high starch foods that attack teeth and cause tooth decay even with a healthy diet. Even simple eating habits such as snacking and chewing gum can contribute to cavities because they prolong the period in which sugar acids can attack teeth. For example, according to the Mayo Clinic, “acids found in diet and regular soda, energy drinks, juice and wine can erode tooth enamel, leading to tooth decay.”

By focusing on a diet healthy not only for the body but also on the teeth everyone can combat sugar acids and prevent cavities even while eating. A balanced diet, along with proper dental care using products that combat sugar acids, and a daily cleaning regimen, a cavity-free future can be within reach.