Posted on: 30 July, 2020
You probably already know that high sugar intake can harm your oral health. When sugar is consumed, it mixes with bacteria in the mouth creating acids that dissolves tooth enamel and cause decay. However, not all sugars are equal.
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You probably already know that high sugar intake can harm your oral health. When sugar is consumed, it mixes with bacteria in the mouth creating acids that dissolves tooth enamel. However, not all sugars are equal.
Carbohydrates such as fruit, vegetables, grains and dairy all contain naturally-occurring sugars that are digested slowly in the body, and release a steady supply of energy.
Added sugar is commonly responsible for exceeding the recommended daily intake (50 grams or 12 teaspoons RDI). Around 70% of packaged foods on Australian supermarket shelves are thought to contain added sugar.
“47% of adults (18+ years) are consuming too much sugar.”
High sugar intake is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, chronic inflammation and heart disease. It’s a good idea to check packaging labels for sugar content and reducing overall sugar intake.
We also recommend maintaining a good oral hygiene routine that involves brushing twice daily, flossing once a day and keeping regular dental check-ups.
Below we’ve put together a list of five natural sugar alternatives to add to the recipe books. After all, there’s no need to sacrifice flavour:
1) Frozen fruit such as grapes, blueberries, mangoes and bananas are a sweet addition to a smoothie. Add whole oats, your milk of choice and you’ve got yourself a meal.
2) Medjool dates have a low GI (<55) and are a great way to add texture and colour in baking.
3) Honey is less processed than sugar, has a lower GI (45-64) and contains nutrients and antioxidants.
4) Coconut sugar contains a fibre called inulin, giving it a low GI quality. While it has the same caloric intake as cane sugar, it’s less processed and contains nutrients.
5) Maple syrup is high in sugar but has less calories than honey and contains nutrients and antioxidants.
*These substitutes all still contain sugar but react differently in your body. Always eat in moderation.
It’s Dental Health Week from 3rd to 9th August and we’re raising awareness on ‘how much sugar is hiding in your trolley’. For more information, click here.
Are you due for a check-up and clean? Book your next appointment with your dentist in Victoria Park, EVP Dental.