Is Your Family Protected from Hidden Sugar?
By John Isbrandt, DDS, PC
November 26, 2014
Category: Oral Health

You would be surprised how much sugar is actually hiding in some of your favorite, and most consumed foods.

The CDC has found that childhood obesity has more than doubled, and adolescent obesity has quadrupled over the past 30 years. Some of this is due to the shockingly high sugar intake. In fact, the average American consumes about three pounds of sugar each week. If this doesn’t make your jaw drop, we don’t know what will; however, while some of us may nix having candy and sugary snacks in the house, there is still an abundance of added sugar lurking in foods you consume each day. You may not even know it, but it’s important that you’re aware so you can steer clear from unnecessary sugar. Your St. Charles dentist is here to give you the lowdown on sugar consumption.


What is the proper daily allowance of sugar?

First it’s important to note that there are two kinds of sugar: those that are naturally occurring (like in fruit or milk) and added sugar (like you would find in concentrated fruit juices).
The World Health Organization states that only 5 percent of your daily caloric intake should come from added sugars: this is about five to six teaspoons for women and seven to eight teaspoons for men.

Check labels

Just because you aren’t partaking in junk food or candy, doesn’t mean that you are still within the perimeters of proper sugar intake. Be sure to check labels for everything you pick up in the grocery store. Here’s how to properly read those nutritional labels:
  • Look for “carbs as sugars” on the label, as this will include both natural and added sugars. If the product is 5g per 100g, then sugar content is low. If the product is 15g per 100g, you’re looking at a high intake of sugar.
  • Look for ingredients that end in ‘ose’ like glucose or fructose, as they are types of sugar. Also be on the lookout for honey, molasses, corn syrup and agave.

Remove Hidden Sugar Culprits

  • Packaged and frozen foods, and even low fat and diet products can have a large amount of sugar and other unhealthy preserves to improve the flavor.
  • Canned soups and sauces (tomato sauce)
  • Fruit juice concentrates are often loaded with added sugars. If you must have your daily cup of orange juice, opt for the freshly squeezed bottle in your grocery store’s produce section. Also, stick to only one glass of fruit juice a day.
  • Salad dressings
  • Cereals
  • Flavored yogurts
  • Granola and other “to-go” bars
  • Processed white breads



Call John Isbrandt, DDS, PC Today!

Limiting your sugar intake will help stave off cavities and other dental problems, which will make your next trip to our St. Charles dental office a breeze. If it’s time for your six-month checkup, or you think you might be dealing with a cavity, then call our office right away. Removing sugar from your diet will inevitably create a healthier smile and a healthier you!
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