Sugar has become so common place, it is almost in every processed food. And sometimes, we just forget about what sugar does to us.
Studies have long confirmed the relationship between sugar intake and poor oral health. So yes, Mum was right when she scared you with horror tooth-rotting stories when you bugged her for candy bars a long time ago. (Note: Always listen to your mother!)
Bacteria and sugar are like the best partners in crime. They work together effortlessly to cause tooth decay; bacteria feed on the sugars you take in and create acids that destroy the tooth enamel by a process called demineralisation. Over time, this creates a hole in the tooth called a cavity. If left untreated, the cavity can spread and this will evolve into a horror story which involves immense pain and possibly tooth loss.
Dentiste' Nighttime Toothpaste uses Xylitol, a natural ingredient, which can help prevent cavities.
Here at Dentiste' New Zealand, we believe that prevention is everything. So we've come up with a list of 5 easy and sustainable ways to cut down sugar in your diet:
1. REPLACE BAD SNACKS WITH GOOD ONES
Everyone loves snacking. It will be unrealistic to suggest for anyone to stop their snacking habit. So a win-win situation would be to replace bad sugary snacks with the good (and equally yummy) ones!
This is why New Zealand has businesses like The Green Seed, which creates healthy alternatives that do not contain refined sugars. Instead of a candy bar, why not go for The Green Seed's Chocolate Coconut Chips?
*image taken from www.thegreenseed.co.nz
2. CHOOSE FRESH FRUIT OVER JUICES OR DRIED FRUIT
Bottled juices and dried fruit are really convenient, we know. But these just screams SUGAR. They basically do not provide any benefit to you because the fibre from the fruit is almost all gone anyway. Opt for the beautiful, colourful and tasty fresh fruits at the supermarket instead, it is definitely more worth your money.
3. CUT OUT SUGARY DRINKS
I love soda. Nothing beats a fizzy drink running down your throat when you are as thirsty as a sponge! However, sugary drinks are quite possibly the worst substances you can put in your body. Did you know that a recent study found that there is more sugar in New Zealand's sodas than other Western countries?
If you really like soda, go for soda water instead! Pop in a slice of lemon or lime to give that extra zest. You can even put in whatever fruits you like to get some healthy sweetness in there!
4. USE LESS SAUCES
Sauces typically can contain up to 40% of sugar. As we are aiming for sustainable methods to reduce sugar, the solution will not be to lay them off completely, but to eat them in moderation. Reduce your intake slowly and progressively to prevent a full on relapse!
Also, whenever possible (i.e. when you are not too lazy), make your own sauces without sugar in them!
5. KEEP SUGARY SNACKS OUT OF THE HOUSE
Okay we have to put this one in because...it works! How many times have you told yourself "I'm just going to have one cookie..." and fail terribly at that? If you want to significantly reduce your sugar intake, don't keep a whole cabinet of sugary snacks at home!
You are less likely to fall into the trap when you have to change, get out of the house, and drive to get to the nearest store to buy that tub of ice cream to satisfy your post-dinner craving.
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