Fluoride Isn’t The Answer Sugar IsThe Problem

fluorideMany people use fluoride to help keep their teeth healthy and strong.  While fluoride may help strengthen teeth, what you eat is more important to the health of your teeth. An article from Dr. Mercola suggests that fluoride isn’t the answer, sugar is the problem.

Cavities are caused by the demineralization of your teeth because of acids formed by fermentation of sugars. Studies have shown that the more sugar you eat, the more chance of getting cavities, regardless of fluoride use.

In order to minimize your risk of cavities, sugar should make up no more than 3 percent of your total calorie intake. Read the full article from Dr. Mercola here: Fluoride Isn’t the Answer, Sugar Is the Problem.

What Sugar Does To Your Body

sugarWho doesn’t love the taste of sugar? The minute something sweet touches your tongue, your brain tells you that you are eating something delicious. But what happens after that yummy tasting food lands in your stomach?  It is diluted by digestive juices and then moved into your small intestine. The enzymes in your body break it down into the molecules glucose and fructose. If eaten repeatedly, they can do a number on your body. Here is what sugar does to your body.

Glucose

Glucose seeps through the walls of your small intestine and triggers your pancreas to secrete insulin.  Insulin is the hormone that tells your body to use the sugar as energy.  But if there is too much glucose, your brain counters by sending out another hormone, serotonin, which causes you to feel sleepy. Insulin blocks the production of the hormone leptin which is what tells your body you are full.  So too much sugar will actually cause you to feel more hungry. Now your body thinks your starving and begins storing the glucose as belly fat. After more time of constant sugar eating, your cells become resistant to insulin and all the glucose is left floating in your bloodstream and may cause diabetes.

Fructose

Fructose also seeps through your small intestine into the bloodstream and goes straight to your liver. Your liver tries to metabolize the fructose to turn it into something that your body can use, but it becomes overwhelmed and prompts globules of fat to grow throughout the liver and can cause fatty liver disease. Too much fructose also lowers HDL (good cholesterol) raising your risk of heart attack and stroke.

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Is Sugar The Only Cause Of Tooth Decay?

sugar cause of tooth decayWe all know that sugar is not good for our bodies and teeth, but is it the only cause of tooth decay?  A new report says “yes”. New research published in the journal BMC Public Health states that sugars are the only cause of tooth decay in kids and adults.

WHO (World Health Organization) has released new guidelines for sugar consumption.  They state that only 5% of a person’s total daily calories should come from sugar.

Alexandra Sifferlin from Time Magazine writes more about this recent study.  See it here: Sugar Is the Only Cause of Tooth Decay, Study Says | TIME.

Are You Feeding Your Kids Cookies For Breakfast?

12925137-chocolate-chip-cookies-macroYou wouldn’t feed your kids cookies for breakfast, right? Unfortunately, you may be doing just that. According to a report published by the Environmental Working Group, U.S. breakfast cereals contain way to much sugar, far more than experts recommend. You may as well be feeding your kids cookies. Check out this article from Everyday Health to read more about this.  Would You Give Your Kid Cookies For Breakfast? You Probably Already Are.

Can Having A Sweet Tooth Save Your Life?

We’ve all bee29763865-one-tooth-cartoon-vector-graphicsn taught that eating candy is bad for our health and teeth.  But having a sweet tooth could actually be a good thing when it comes to one specific kind of sweet.  It’s sugar free chewing gum designed specifically to fight cavities.

Gum sweetened with Xylitol, a natural sugar substitute synthesized from fruits and vegetables, has been shown to inhibit the growth of cavity causing bacteria.  It also neutralizes pH in the mouth and increases the flow of saliva.

Poor oral health has been shown to lead to other problems in the body such as diabetes and heart disease.  So, that sweet tooth could actually help you!  To learn more about this type of chewing gum and how it can help your oral health, read the full article here: How Having A Sweet Tooth Might Save Your Life!