Sugar is known to be the main leading cause of cavities, but it can also lead to other health related problems such as diabetes and weight gain. Limiting the amount of sweetener that we eat will keep both our teeth and body healthy and happy. Processed foods are everywhere at the grocery store so it is important to educate ourselves on just how much sweetener is in foods and drinks.
According to the American Heart Association, the amounts of added sugars that we can eat per day are:
- 9 teaspoons for men
- 6 teaspoons for women
- 3-4 teaspoons for kids in preschool-early school years
- 5-8 teaspoons for children in their tween/teen years
How To Tell How Much Sugar is in a Food/Drink
1 gram of sugar = 4 teaspoons of sugar
To calculate how much sugar is in a food/drink, multiply the amount of grams listed by 4. This will give you the total amount of teaspoons of sugar in that food item. Remember to also look at how many servings there are in that one food item/drink! The amount of sugar will be higher if there are multiple in the package. People often think that one piece/bottle is one serving, but this is usually not the case.
Below is a list of a few popular foods/drinks and the amount of sweetener they contain:
- 1 Frosted Cherry Poptart—17g (68 teaspoons of sugar)
- 1 Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll—55g (220 teaspoons of sugar)
- 1 Coca Cola 12oz can—39g (156 teaspoons of sugar)
- 1 Capri Sun Pacific Cooler Pouch—18 grams (72 teaspoons of sugar)
- 1 tube of Gogurt—10 grams (40 teaspoons of sugar)
An Example of a Healthy Alternative
Gogurt is a popular go-to snack for children. As you can see from above, one tube has a large amount of processed sweetener! A healthy swap for this would be to mix in some fresh fruit or a little bit of honey in some Greek yogurt.
Make sure you are keeping up with a good oral hygiene routine as well to limit the amount of sweetener that stays left over in your mouth. Drink water after eating/drinking something sugary and visit Dr. Badwalz at Pearl Family Dentistry Dentist Merced every six months for check-ups!
The dental practice of Dr. Badwalz,is located at 3178 Collins Drive in Merced. He has been active in the Merced community since 2009. Make sure to visit Pearl Family Dentistry at DrBadwalz.com or you can also find us on Facebook if you’d like to join in on the conversation there. Call us today 209-383-6133 to make an appointment for your six-month check-up or to finish your treatment.