Donuts. Ice Cream. Twizzlers. Coke-a-Cola.

What do all of these things have in common (besides being delicious?) Each and everyone one of the items above is just loaded with sugars. Oh sure you can get the sugar-free or low-sugar version of them, but what’s the point? A Boston Creme is much more delicious that a plain donut and Coke tastes better than diet coke.

The reason is simple; we’re all addicted to sugar in varying degrees. Several studies have almost conclusively proven a link between sugar and obesity/health problems.

So we know that sugar is bad for your body, and especially your mouth, but what do we do? Here are a few tips that can turn your New Years resolution on its head and give you a leg up in the game!

Clear Out the Pantry

This is always the hardest part; getting rid of the offenders. This won’t be fun, but it’s necessary. Get into that pantry, rip open the cabinets, and get rid of the sweet. I’m talkin’ cookies, I’m talkin’ pies, I’m talkin’ cake, soda, BBQ sauce, frozen pizza, etc., etc., etc. Read the labels, find the sugar and count how much you’re eating.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the maximum amount of added sugars you should eat in a day are (7): Men: 150 calories per day (37.5 grams or 9 teaspoons). Women: 100 calories per day (25 grams or 6 teaspoons).

http://authoritynutrition.com/how-much-sugar-per-day/

Learn to Read the Labels

Right now, there are companies out there fighting to remove the added sugar label on your food packaging. BE INFORMED! Learn how much sugar is in the foods you eat regularly. Hint; it’s a lot more than you think. People love sugar, so everything from frozen pizzas to clamato juice (yes that’s a thing) has sugar added to it to make it that much more desireable.

Learn what sugar is in, how much is in there, and use that information to inform your diet!

Snack Better

I love candy. I love ice cream. I love pies. That’s okay. I need to snack better.

When you’re home at night binge watching “Making a Murderer” on Netflix, the snacking urge is there. Do you eat processed chips? Do you pop some popcorn and try not to think about the “butter” on it? For us Americans, it looks like sugar is in.

According to the survey, chocolate, fresh fruit, and vegetables are the most popular snacks around the world. But, the top three snacks consumed in the U.S. — in decreasing order of popularity — include chips, chocolate, and cheese. Fruit placed fifth in the U.S., and vegetables eighth…

http://www.refinery29.com/best-snack-food-habits

Get some healthy snacks at home. Fruit, vegetables, veggie-chips, nuts, etc. Those more you cut back on snacks, the more your body will acclimate to not being snacking all the time. Most importantly for this is just learning when it’s okay to eat, and what.

Snack on!

Drink Water

Getting hungry at night? Drink some water. Feeling a sugar craving? Drink some water.

You might honestly be hungry (and hungry is OK at times. it’s not evil), and water might be able to help. It also keeps you from being dehydrated and dying which is pretty important. If you switch from soda to water it’s going to be a little bit rough from the get-go, but so worth it in the end. You will feel better, healthier, sleep better. I can’t recommend enough, stop drinking soda every day!

Wrap Up

Sugar is bad, m’kay? If you have a lot of sugar then you’re going to be unhealthier than otherwise, so do your body a favorite this year and cut down that sugar! If you have any other questions or are looking for a dentist in Hartford, then you’ve come to the right place! Just call us at the number below or fill out the form on the right and reach out to us. We’re here to help! Thanks for reading!