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Do You Eat More Sugar Than You Realize?

Posted on 6/3/2024 by Keizer Family Dental
Photo of junk food that is not approved at Keizer Family Dental in Keizer, ORWe all know sugar is bad for our teeth, but did you know you might be consuming more of it than you think?

The American Heart Association recommends limiting added sugar intake to no more than 6 teaspoons (25 grams) for women and 9 teaspoons (36 grams) for men daily. However, the average American consumes a whopping 17 teaspoons (68 grams) of added sugar every day.

That's a lot of sugar! And it's not just coming from the obvious sources like candy and soda. Many processed foods, including bread, pasta sauce, and yogurt, are loaded with hidden sugars.

So, how do you know if you're eating too much sugar? Here are some signs:
•  You crave sugary foods: If you find yourself constantly reaching for sweets, it could be a sign that your body is addicted to sugar.
•  You have low energy levels: Sugar can give you a quick burst of energy, but it also causes your blood sugar levels to spike and crash, leaving you feeling tired and drained.
•  You have trouble sleeping: Sugar can interfere with your sleep patterns, making it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep.
•  You have frequent headaches: Sugar can trigger headaches in some people.
•  You have gained weight: Sugar is high in calories, and consuming too much of it can lead to weight gain.

If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, it's a good idea to cut back on your sugar intake. Here are some tips:
•  Read food labels carefully: Pay attention to the amount of added sugar in the foods you eat.
•  Choose whole foods over processed foods: Whole foods, like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, are naturally low in sugar.
•  Limit sugary drinks: Sugary drinks, like soda and juice, are a major source of added sugar in the American diet.
•  Make healthier swaps: Instead of reaching for a sugary snack, try a piece of fruit or a handful of nuts.
•  Talk to your dentist: Your dentist can help you develop a plan to reduce your sugar intake and improve your oral health.

Eating too much sugar can have a negative impact on your oral health, leading to cavities, gum disease, and tooth decay. By reducing your sugar intake, you can improve your overall health and well-being.
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