By now, you are well aware of the negative impact sugar has on your teeth. Regularly consuming foods and beverages high in sugar gradually wears away at your teeth enamel, increasing your risk of cavities and decay.
For many people, simply knowing the negative effects of sugar is not enough to cut back. In this blog post, Ramona Family Dentistry shares realistic tips to cut out sugar from your diet.
Cut Back Slowly
Reducing your sugar intake gradually can lead to longer-lasting results than cutting sugar out all at once. Instead of depriving yourself of your favorite sugary snacks, enjoy them in moderation and try to reduce your intake slowly.
Learn Sugar’s Aliases
Sugar can be listed under other names on food labels so it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with those names. Keep an eye out for high-fructose, maltose, molasses, caramel and dextrose.
Swap Out Sugary Drinks for Water
A survey published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics found that people who increased their water intake by 1 percent a day decreased their sugar intake by one to four teaspoons. Make a conscientious effort to swap sodas, energy drinks, iced teas and other sugary drinks for water. If regular water is too plain for you, throw in limes, cucumbers or fruit to add a refreshing flavor.
Eat More Protein, Fiber and Fat
Eating more protein, fiber and healthy fats reduces hunger and helps control blood sugar levels. The next time you are craving something sweet, consider eating something high in protein, fiber or healthy fats that will keep you full for a longer period of time than a sugary snack.
Trick Your Taste Buds
It is possible to satisfy your sweet tooth without sugar. Vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger can add flavor to your foods and beverages without the teeth-damaging effects of sugar.
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Dr. Sean Feely and the entire team at Ramona Family Dentistry are always happy to share tips on how to keep your mouth happy and healthy. For more tips, or to schedule a routine dental cleaning and exam, please contact us. Call (760) 789-0170 or email our office today.