Pho is the traditional Vietnamese soup that is made with a slow-cooked bone broth and is served with vermicelli noodles, protein, and a number of fresh toppings, such as Thai basil, mint, fresh lime juice, and bean sprouts. Although there are many delicious variations on the original recipe, this traditional version is becoming increasingly popular. Not only is pho a fantastic winter comfort food, but it is also a nutritious meal that has some surprising health benefits for your teeth and the rest of your body.
Bone broth, the soup base used for pho, has received a lot of attention lately for its curative properties and one of the reasons is that it contains collagen, a protein found in bone marrow. When boiled, the collagen is hydrolyzed into gelatin, which is extremely beneficial for connective tissues in the gums as well as strong bones, teeth, hair, and nails.
The long, slow boiling process of making bone broth extracts the maximum amount of minerals from the bones, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, and joints. Rich in calcium, iron, and phosphorus, the ingredients in a bowl of pho are essential for maintaining healthy dentin and tooth enamel, and some advocates claim it can even aid in the remineralization of teeth.
The crunchy bean sprouts, squeeze of lime juice, and fresh herbs like mint and basil that are offered as toppings for pho give you an added punch of essential vitamins like A, C, and E, which all contribute to strong teeth and gums and overall health. The more fresh herbs and vegetables you include, the more nutritious it is for you so be sure to fill your bowl with plenty of them.
Protein & Fiber
Traditional pho is served with thinly sliced beef, but it can be made with any type of meat. Including a serving of meat gives you added protein and combining it with plenty of vegetables gives you a healthy dose of fiber, both of which help you to feel satiated longer. Opt for whole grain noodles if possible and skip the high sodium sauces and you’ve got a wonderfully nutritious meal that your teeth and the rest of your body will appreciate.
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