While we do need sugar in our diet, too much can have a negative impact on our health. Americans are among the highest consumers of sugar as we are devouring nearly 66 pounds of sugar every year. That's a lot!
The recommended intake for sugar is no more than 6 teaspoons (25 grams) of added sugar for women per day and 9 teaspoons (38 grams) for men. On average, we currently consume 20 teaspoons per day. Woah!
Reading food labels is the key to finding out how much you are consuming. Ideally, you should be looking for items with less than 5g per 100g.
You may wonder where all this sugar comes from and so did we. What do you drink in a typical day? Beverages are the single largest source of added sugar in a typical diet. Soda, energy drinks, sports drinks, sweetened coffee drinks, and even juices with added sugar contribute to 36% of the added sugar in the diet. It’s so much easier to overdo it on the sugar intake when it's in liquid form.
Look at your labels and drink more water! It's great for you and your body!
We all know that sugar can cause cavities especially if consumed in large quantities and left unchecked. Make sure you are seeing us regularly to so we can help you prevent cavities! You can also fight them at home by maintaining a vigilant home care routine. If you need some tips or tricks to step up your oral hygiene game, let your hygienist know at your next appointment! They are amazing at showing you how to keep your teeth healthy!