Do you know how much sugar is in your favourite beverage?
We all know that popular beverages like pop and juice contain a significant amount of sugar, but it can be difficult understanding just how much sugar in a day we are actually consuming. Sugar content is listed on nutrition labels in grams, which can be difficult to visualize.
Recently we assembled a sugar display in our office for some of our patients’ favourite beverages. According to Statistics Canada, the average Canadian consumed 26 teaspoons of sugar a day, and teenage boys consume an average of 41 teaspoons of sugar. The World Health Organization recommends no more than 25 grams (6.25 teaspoons) of sugar per day, or between 5 to 10% of your daily caloric intake. What was most surprising to us was that some of the beverages we measured easily exceeded that recommendation.
Research has determined that consuming too much sugar can have an ill effect on your health and wellness, especially tooth decay. When you consume sugar, it forms a perfect environment for bacteria in your mouth to flourish. The bacteria feed on sugar and creates an acid which can damage teeth and lead to cavities.
The Ontario Dental Association has plenty of resources on healthy eating. If you have questions about your family’s dental health, please call our office at 519-824-4770.