Did you know that the average fruit smoothie contains eight teaspoons of added sugar? As Health Navigator confirms, sugar is everywhere – even in those so-called 'healthier' options.
A high sugar diet is one of the biggest causes of tooth decay, which can lead to cavities and possible tooth loss. However, with the average adult currently consuming twice the recommended sugar amount of 30 grams per day, something needs to change.
Here are three tips to help you get more sugar smart today.
1. Watch out for booze
A refreshing gin and tonic or glass of wine is the perfect accompaniment to a night spent with friends. But, have you ever taken the time to think about how much sugar is in your favourite drink?
The average gin and tonic actually contains around 15 grams of sugar and a glass of sangria averages at nearly 20 grams! These high amounts of sugar can have a detrimental effect on both waistlines and teeth. But you don't have to quit drinking altogether, just mix in some waters – it'll help rinse away residue sugars that linger on the enamel. Your head will also thank you for it in the morning!
2. Start the day off right
'Breakfast is the most important meal of the day' is a phrase championed by health experts everywhere, and one that we agree with too – if consumed correctly that is. A breakfast filled with fibrous goodness is the perfect way to keep those sugar cravings and tooth decay at bay. However, although your bowl of granola may appear healthy, the combination of dried fruits, puffed rice and sugar-coated nuts is a recipe for tooth decay.
Instead, swap the sugary cereal for a bowl of porridge topped with fresh fruit and natural yoghurt. This option is incredibly tasty and can cut your sugar content by 29 grams per day!
The average gin and tonic contains around 15 grams of sugar!
3. Get enough sleep
As if you ever needed another excuse to get a good night's sleep, studies have found that the more sleep you get, the less likely you are to reach for those sugary snacks. One study from London discovered that participants who received seven to nine hours of sleep per night, reduced their sugar intake by 10 grams per day.
Additionally, when people are tired, they may feel the need to consume sugary energy drinks or snacks in order to perk themselves back up, which can also increase the risk of tooth decay. The solution? Count those sheep!
If you're experiencing discomfort with your teeth, don't let the problem worsen. Give City Dentists a call on 04 978 4964 today or click here to book a check up.