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Food NameFluoride
Butter, salted2.8
Butter, whipped, with salt2.8
Cheese, cheddar34.9
Cheese, cottage, creamed, large or small curd31.6
Cheese, cottage, creamed, with fruit31.6
Cheese, cottage, nonfat, uncreamed, dry, large or small curd31.6
Cheese, cottage, lowfat, 2% milkfat31.6
Cheese, cottage, lowfat, 1% milkfat31.6
Cheese, pasteurized process, American, fortified with vitamin D35.0
Cheese food, pasteurized process, American, vitamin D fortified35.0
Cheese spread, pasteurized process, American35.0
Cream, fluid, half and half3.0
Cream, fluid, light (coffee cream or table cream)3.0
Cream, fluid, light whipping3.0
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Usage Note

This is the largest searchable, sortable FLUORIDE content of foods and beverages nutrient database.
  • Fluoride values are in micrograms and calculated per 100g (3.5 oz) of food weight.
  • This fluoride database contains fluoride content of 561 common foods.
  • Click on column header to sort foods by name or by fluoride content.

What is fluoride?

information from the National Institutes of Health

Fluoride is the name given to a group of compounds that are composed of the naturally occurring element fluorine and one or more other elements. Fluorides are present naturally in water and soil at varying levels.

In the 1940s, scientists discovered that people who lived where drinking water supplies had naturally occurring fluoride levels of approximately 1 part fluoride per million parts water or greater (>1.0 ppm) had fewer dental caries (cavities) than people who lived where fluoride levels in drinking water were lower. Many more recent studies have supported this finding.

It was subsequently found that fluoride can prevent and even reverse tooth decay by inhibiting bacteria that produce acid in the mouth and by enhancing remineralization, the process through which tooth enamel is “rebuilt” after it begins to decay.

In addition to building up in teeth, ingested fluoride accumulates in bones.

What is water fluoridation?

Water fluoridation is the process of adding fluoride to the water supply so the level reaches approximately 0.7 ppm, or 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water; this is the optimal level for preventing tooth decay.

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay, known formally as dental caries, has been a serious health problem for all nations since time immemorial. For centuries, tooth decay was thought to be the handiwork of an elusive and, in some cultures, evil tooth worm that gnawed holes into the white, highly mineralized enamel and left all those in its wake in pain. But superstition has yielded to science and its explanation that certain oral bacteria discharge mineral-eroding acid onto the enamel, starting the gradual process of decay. Over the last several decades, dental researchers have made tremendous progress in defining and learning to thwart the decay process. This work has involved the three-pronged strategy of discovery, innovation, and prevention - and produced one of the major public health success stories of the 20th century.

Tooth decay is no longer the national epidemic it was a few generations ago. Millions of American children now have little or no decay, and total tooth loss or edentulism is now much less common. Without research progress in the fight against dental caries and periodontal diseases, there would be an additional 18.6 million Americans age 45 and older with none of their natural teeth.

Prevention is now the mantra in American dentistry. In addition to improved products to fight tooth decay, more people benefit from preventive dentistry, including the use of fluorides and dental sealants to prevent decay. Compared to previous years, these techniques have made it possible for millions more people to keep their natural teeth for a lifetime.

Can fluoridated water cause cancer?

information from the National Cancer Institute

A possible relationship between fluoridated water and cancer risk has been debated for years. The debate resurfaced in 1990 when a study by the National Toxicology Program, part of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, showed an increased number of osteosarcomas (bone tumors) in male rats given water high in fluoride for 2 years. However, other studies in humans and in animals have not shown an association between fluoridated water and cancer.

In a February 1991 Public Health Service report, the agency said it found no evidence of an association between fluoride and cancer in humans. The report, based on a review of more than 50 human epidemiological studies produced over the past 40 years, concluded that optimal fluoridation of drinking water “does not pose a detectable cancer risk to humans” as evidenced by extensive human epidemiological data reported to date.

Excess fluoride in diet

While teeth are developing and before they erupt, excess fluoride ingestion can cause mottled tooth enamel; however, this is only a cosmetic effect. In adults, excess fluoride intake is associated with effects ranging from increased bone mass to joint pain and stiffness and, in extreme cases, crippling skeletal fluorosis. However, even in communities where water supplies provide fluoride levels several times higher than recommended, skeletal fluorosis is extremely rare.

US Surgeon General's Statement on Water Fluoridation

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recognized the fluoridation of drinking water as one of ten great public health achievements of the twentieth century. Water fluoridation has helped improve the quality of life in the United States by reducing pain and suffering related to tooth decay, time lost from school and work, and money spent to restore, remove, or replace decayed teeth. An economic analysis has determined that in most communities, every $1 invested in fluoridation saves $38 or more in treatment costs. Fluoridation is the single most effective public health measure to prevent tooth decay and improve oral health over a lifetime, for both children and adults.

Fluoride Controversy

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Foods High in Fluoride

List of 120 foods with highest content of fluoride.
Fluoride values are in micrograms and calculated per 100g of food weight.



Fluoride (µg)
Foods Highest in Fluoride (100 g)

584
Tea, instant, sweetened with sugar, lemon-flavored, without added ascorbic acid, powder

373
Tea, black, brewed, prepared with tap water

335
Tea, instant, unsweetened, powder, prepared

269
Tea, black, brewed, prepared with tap water, decaffeinated

234
Raisins, seedless

210
Crustaceans, crab, blue, canned

202
Alcoholic beverage, wine, table, white, Chardonnay

202
Alcoholic beverage, wine, table, white

201
Crustaceans, shrimp, mixed species, canned

166
Crustaceans, shrimp, mixed species, cooked, breaded and fried

153
Alcoholic beverage, wine, table, all

138
Grape juice, canned or bottled, unsweetened, with added ascorbic acid

138
Grape juice, canned or bottled, unsweetened, without added ascorbic acid

134
Fish, fish portions and sticks, frozen, preheated

132
Soup, chicken corn chowder, chunky, ready-to-serve, single brand

123
Tea, ready-to-drink, ARIZONA iced tea, with lemon flavor

116
Tea, instant, sweetened with sugar, lemon-flavored, without added ascorbic acid, powder, prepared

112
Cream substitute, powdered

106
Snacks, potato chips, made from dried potatoes, fat-free, made with olestra

106
Snacks, potato chips, white, restructured, baked

105
Alcoholic beverage, wine, table, red

105
Alcoholic Beverage, wine, table, red, Merlot

105
Water, non-carbonated, bottles, natural fruit flavors, sweetened with low calorie sweetener

99
Gravy, beef, canned, ready-to-serve

95
Cereals, CREAM OF WHEAT, regular (10 minute), cooked with water, with salt

93
Cereals, CREAM OF WHEAT, regular (10 minute), cooked with water, without salt

91
Coffee, brewed from grounds, prepared with tap water

90
Tea, ready-to-drink, NESTLE, COOL NESTEA ice tea lemon flavor

89
Frozen novelties, ice type, sugar free, orange, cherry, and grape POPSICLE pops


Fluoride (µg)
Foods Highest in Fluoride (100 g)

89
Frozen novelties, ice type, pop, with low calorie sweetener

86
Carbonated beverage, grape soda

83
Cranberry-apple juice drink, bottled

83
Carbonated beverage, tonic water

81
Water, tap, municipal

81
Carbonated beverage, orange

78
Water, bottled, non-carbonated, DANNON Fluoride To Go

77
Frozen novelties, juice type, orange

77
Frozen novelties, juice type, POPSICLE SCRIBBLERS

74
Frozen novelties, ice type, pop

73
Jellies

72
Tea, ready-to-drink, LIPTON BRISK iced tea, with lemon flavor

72
Juice, apple and grape blend, with added ascorbic acid

72
Cereals, oats, regular and quick and instant, unenriched, cooked with water, with salt

72
Cereals, oats, regular and quick, unenriched, cooked with water, without salt

71
Water, tap, drinking

71
Carbonated beverage, root beer

71
Beverages, fruit juice drink, reduced sugar, with vitamin E added

71
Coffee, instant, decaffeinated, powder, prepared with water

70
Babyfood, mashed cheddar potatoes and broccoli, toddlers

70
Cranberry juice cocktail, bottled, low calorie, with calcium, saccharin and corn sweetener

70
Cranberry-apple juice drink, low calorie, with vitamin C added

70
Soup, chicken broth or bouillon, dry, prepared with water

69
Gelatin desserts, dry mix, prepared with water

69
Cookies, oatmeal, prepared from recipe, with raisins

69
Carbonated beverage, ginger ale

68
Babyfood, macaroni and cheese, toddler

67
Cranberry juice cocktail, bottled

67
Babyfood, juice, apple and cherry

67
Babyfood, beverage, GERBER GRADUATE FRUIT SPLASHERS


Fluoride (µg)
Foods Highest in Fluoride (100 g)

66
Lemonade-flavor drink, powder, prepared with water

66
Cocoa mix, with aspartame, powder, prepared with water

66
Babyfood, dinner, macaroni and cheese, strained

65
Cranberry-grape juice drink, bottled

65
Dairy drink mix, chocolate, reduced calorie, with aspartame, powder, prepared with water and ice

65
Orange-flavor drink, breakfast type, powder, prepared with water

64
Fruit punch-flavor drink, powder, without added sodium, prepared with water

63
Mollusks, oyster, eastern, wild, cooked, dry heat

62
Sports drink, COCA-COLA, POWERADE, lemon-lime flavored, ready-to-drink

62
Babyfood, juice, apple - cherry

61
Cocoa mix, powder, prepared with water

61
Snacks, potato chips, plain, salted

61
Babyfood, dinner, potatoes with cheese and ham, toddler

61
Soup, chicken broth, canned, prepared with equal volume water

60
Prune juice, canned

60
Carbonated beverage, low calorie, cola or pepper-type, with aspartame, contains caffeine

58
Orange juice, frozen concentrate, unsweetened, diluted with 3 volume water

57
Carbonated beverage, cola, contains caffeine

57
Beef stew, canned entree

56
Cereals, corn grits, white, regular and quick, enriched, cooked with water, with salt

56
Carbonated beverage, SPRITE, lemon-lime, without caffeine

55
Lemonade, frozen concentrate, pink, prepared with water

55
Onion rings, breaded, par fried, frozen, unprepared

55
Orange juice drink

55
Soup, chunky chicken noodle, canned, ready-to-serve

54
Beans, baked, canned, with pork

54
Fruit punch drink, without added nutrients, canned

52
Coffee, brewed from grounds, prepared with tap water, decaffeinated

52
Carbonated beverage, low calorie, cola or pepper-type, with aspartame, without caffeine

52
Snacks, tortilla chips, plain, white corn

52
Snacks, corn-based, extruded, chips, plain


Fluoride (µg)
Foods Highest in Fluoride (100 g)

51
Bread stuffing, bread, dry mix, prepared

51
Bread, rye

51
Citrus fruit juice drink, frozen concentrate, prepared with water

51
Orange-flavor drink, breakfast type, with pulp, frozen concentrate, prepared with water

51
Cereals, farina, enriched, cooked with water, without salt

51
Cereals, farina, enriched, cooked with water, with salt

51
Orange drink, breakfast type, with juice and pulp, frozen concentrate, prepared with water

49
Potatoes, boiled, cooked in skin, flesh, with salt

49
Potatoes, boiled, cooked in skin, flesh, without salt

49
Orange and apricot juice drink, canned

49
Pineapple and orange juice drink, canned

49
Pineapple and grapefruit juice drink, canned

48
Carrots, cooked, boiled, drained, without salt

48
Carrots, cooked, boiled, drained, with salt

45
Alcoholic beverage, beer, light

45
Potatoes, Russet, flesh and skin, baked

45
Babyfood, juice, apple and grape

45
Grapefruit juice, white, canned, unsweetened

44
Pickles, cucumber, dill, low sodium

44
Alcoholic beverage, beer, regular, all

44
Potatoes, hashed brown, frozen, plain, unprepared

44
Babyfood, meat, turkey, junior

44
Juice, apple, grape and pear blend, with added ascorbic acid and calcium

43
Soup, vegetable beef, microwavable, ready-to-serve, single brand

43
Potatoes, mashed, dehydrated, prepared from flakes without milk, whole milk and butter added

42
Carbonated beverage, lemon-lime soda, contains caffeine

41
Salami, cooked, beef and pork

41
Beerwurst, beer salami, pork

41
Salami, pork, beef, less sodium

41
Salami, Italian, pork

41
Beerwurst, beer salami, pork and beef

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