Weight loss isn’t the only reason to reduce your sugar intake. Like it or not, sugar is an addictive substance, and it’s lurking in almost everything we eat, not just the sweet stuff. From spaghetti sauce to salad dressings, sugar is found in so many unexpected foods. Cottonwood Dental recommends reducing your sugar intake, doing so has many health benefits. But since it’s in so much of what we eat, cutting down on sugar may seem overwhelming. Here are some ways you can curb your sweet tooth, as well as compelling reasons for making the effort!
- You’ll have a healthier mouth. Bacteria in your mouth feeds on sugar, and so when you reach for that candy bar, you’re providing it with a quick meal. When these bacteria reproduce quickly, plaque builds up and bad breath follows! If you need a jolt of energy in the afternoon, try snacking on unsalted almonds instead of a candy bar or a sugar packed granola bar.
- You’ll have a lower risk of diabetes. According to a study conducted in 2010, drinking two or more sugary drinks daily can increas your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 26%! If you drink soda every day, try cutting it out gradually, by drinking soda every other day, then once a week, then phase it out entirely. If you don’t like plain water, replace your sugary drinks with infused water. Try out some of these recipes for Strawberry Mint Water, Watermelon Basil Water, and more! (https://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/fruit-infused-water-recipes/)
- You’ll have clearer, younger looking skin. Eating too many foods with added sugar leads to a process called glycation, where the sugar in your bloodstream attaches to proteins and damages elastin and collagen, and deactivates your body’s natural antioxidant enzymes. Sugar also triggers hormonal fluctuations that have been linked to acne and psoriasis. You can still get your sugar fix though, replace snacks with added sugar with tropical fruits like pineapple or kiwi. Fruits that are high in vitamin C provide you with powerful antioxidants that help your body produce collagen. Malic acid in apples, and the potassium in bananas also promote firm, hydrated skin.
Limiting sugar intake has many benefits. Prevent cavities and promote your overall health by avoiding foods with added sugar, and replacing them with healthier alternatives. Regular brushing and flossing can also help clean out sugar dependent germs from your mouth. If you find that the sugar in your diet has already had a negative effect on your teeth, contact Cottonwood Dental.