Fluoride is essential to keep your teeth free of cavities, but in some regions of the world drinking water can lead to excess fluoride, causing tooth decay and even bone and organ issues.
A University of Saskatchewan team, led by nutrition professor Susan Whiting, will be in Ethiopia soon providing eggshells and chickens, after two separate student studies found eggshells contain calcium and that calcium can help reduce fluoride.
Whiting says they hope the eggshells can help improve people’s health in the African country.
“Maybe it will turn into something bigger. There might be an eggshell calcium business in Ethiopia sometime soon.”
“Anything can happen.”
The project received $100,000 in funding from Grand Challenges Canada.
Whiting says they hope to have early results in the next six months.