We guide our dental patients at Sven Bone Dentistry in Bozeman to watch their sugar intake to prohibit cavities and other health issues.
If you are trying to get sugar out of your diet, you are probably skipping the usual suspects: candy, soda, and baked treats. But not all sugar is as obvious as the frosting on a piece of chocolate cake or the powdery stuff in pixie stix.
Here are some foods found in grocery stores and school cafeterias with a surprisingly high sugar content:
- Low fat versions of snack foods (Manufacturers often replace fat with sugar.)
- Salad dressing
- Breads, buns, rolls
- Spaghetti sauce
- Protein bars
- Canned soup
- Peanut butter
- Fast food meals (Hamburgers, fries, sandwiches, and salads are often loaded with sugar, not to mention the dessert items.)
- Cough drops
- Fruit smoothies (Even a small serving has a whopping amount of sugar.)
Reading the fine print on labels is a must. The following terms are all types of sugar:
raw sugar, cane sugar, glucose, lactose, galactose, fructose, dextrose, honey, sorghum, molasses, cane sugar, confectioner’s sugar, crystallized cane juice, invert sugar, maltodextrin (or dextrin), maple syrup, concentrated fruit juices, and evaporated cane juice.
Do the math: when shopping at markets or health food stores, carefully analyze food labels before you buy. Four grams of sugar equals one teaspoon. Add up all the grams of every type of sugar listed and divide by four to truly understand how much sugar an item contains.
At Sven Bone Dentistry, we advocate and practice preventative care for lifelong dental health. We specialize in restorative dentistry, and also offer a full range of general dentistry services. Schedule an appointment with us today.
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