So this weekend it’s your turn to take care of your grandchildren, how will you take care of them? Your grandkids love to visit you, they know that once in your home many memories will be made. Have you decided what you will do with them? In most cases a visit to the grandparents’ home represents an opportunity to learn new things, create memorable moments, receive sweet treats, receive hugs and kisses and a joy that parent still don’t know.
However, there are several things you should look out for? For example, when at their home many grandparents offer their grandchildren sweet treats. Have you consider the possible health treats these treats can have?
The Sweet Urge
According to the American Heart Association, in order to prevent and avoid heart disease we have to limit our daily intake of added sugar. One average American consumes 22.2 teaspoons of sugar each day. This sugar consumption represents 335 calories with zero nutritional value.
Adding sugar not only removes the essential nutrients in food, but it can also cause dental damages. These high amounts of sugar have little to no proteins, essential fats, vitamins or minerals and can lead to diseases like:
- Elevated Blood Triglycerides
- High Blood Pressure
Sugar plays a harmful role on our teeth, bacteria in our oral cavity will use this sugar as a form of energy to multiply faster.This bacterial growth can thicken and become plaque.
If you would like to know more information on how to avoid tooth decay, we invite you to read our post: Protect Your Teeth, Avoid Tooth Decay.
Dental caries can occur at any moment; however, when eating sugary foods, our teeth enamel is exposed to chemicals that can reduce this enamel and lead to dental carries, cause other dental damages and different oral diseases.
The American Heart Association and our dental clinic wants to help you to tame sugar urges. Below you can see a list of items that are sweet, but also a good source of fiber, proteins and many more essential nutrients that are good for your diet. These foods include:
- Fresh Fruits
- Low-Fat Dairy Products
- Whole Grains Products
In the month of May through our blog posts: Five Life Saving Fruits and Vegetables, we learned of different 20 different fruits and vegetable that offer our bodies numerous of vitamins and nutrients. We invite you to click on the links below:
Consuming the foods above will offer you several benefits, but above all these can help you tame your sugar urges.
When Doing the Groceries
When at the super market be on the lookout, scan for key words like: brown rice syrup, brown sugar, cane sugar, confectioner’s sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, dextrose, evaporated cane sugar, high fructose corn syrup, honey, malt and molasses. Try cutting back on these no so nutritional foods will, be a sugar detective and protect your body.
Remember, we are what we it and consuming sugary will not make us a sweeter person, but instead increase the risk of developing diseases. The consumption of healthy, nutritional rich foods is so important that scientists have performed several test; they want to be able to identify the correlation between one’s food cravings and their personality traits.
The researchers learned that participants who are sweet eaters were found to be more agreeable persons than people who don’t crave sugary foods. However, do not let these results make you go crazy and eat all your favorite sweets, eating many unhealthy sweets can lead to numerous of diseases.
Avoid harmful and deadly diseases and keep your smile clean, strong and healthy. Our dental clinic in Los Algodones is constantly investigating new dental procedures, oral health tips or the newest technologies available to protect and take care of your teeth. If you know of someone who is experiencing sugar urges and is always consuming sweet treat that can lead to dental damages, then let’s invite him to Sani Dental Group.
Disclaimer: Open dentist to help you with your dental needs. We are taking additional special measures following CDC recommendations to ensure your health and safety.