Posted on 7/20/2018 by Dr Jonathan Ford
|You've been told time and time again that sugar can be detrimental to your teeth and oral health. So, you take care to avoid candy, sweet treats, and ice cream, and you think you're in good shape. Unfortunately, there are plenty of other hidden sources of sugar, many of which are probably already in your diet.
It's not just the spaghetti noodles that you need to be concerned about on pasta night. Pasta sauce is a hidden sugar bomb, containing 12 grams of sugar for only a half a cup.
Raisins and Dried Fruit
While these little morsels might sound healthy, in many cases, you might as well eat candy. Only 1/3 of a cup of dried fruit contains 24 grams of sugar, and it doesn't always come from the fruit itself. Check on the package labels and you may find that sugar has been added as one of the top ingredients.
Another seemingly healthy food, granola bars are often packed with sugars. Sweeteners like honey, brown sugar, corn syrup, fructose, and dextrose will wreak havoc on your teeth. Plus, many contain chocolate chips or yogurt, which will increase the sugar content even further.
You'll want to be careful how much dressing that you pour on the next time you opt for a healthy salad at lunch. Sweet options like Catalina, French, and raspberry vinaigrette have up to 7 grams of sugar in only 2 tablespoons of dressing.
You've switched off of soda in order to avoid added sugar in your diet. That's great, as long as you haven't substituted for an energy drink instead. Depending on the brand, these drinks can be packed with over 80 grams of sugar.
In addition to monitoring your sugar intake, be sure to keep your teeth healthy with regular trips to the dentist. Call us today to book your next cleaning.
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