4 Easy Ways to Consume Less Sugar Throughout the Day

Posted by: Spectrum Dental, on August 15, 2013

We all know that a sugar-filled diet is bad for our health, but it’s also bad for our teeth. Ready to commit to some simple steps to healthier eating? Check out these easy, doable suggestions that can help prevent a multitude of dental problems.

Four Simple Tips

Be Able to Recognize Sugar

The toughest part about avoiding sugar nowadays is that it seems to be in everything! And what’s worse? It’s not always easy to spot the sugar when checking out food labels. Sugar has such a lengthy list of aliases that it’s easy to be consuming it without even knowing it. The next time you reach for something packaged or processed, inspect the nutrition label and look for some of the alternative names that sugar masquerades itself as: Fructose, corn syrup, sucrose, glucose, molasses, syrup, dextrose, etc. Be especially wary if one of these sugars is listed within the first three ingredients of the package. You’ll definitely want to stay away from those types of sugar-loaded snacks.

Tweak Your Drinks

It’s no secret: Drinks are a major culprit when it comes to sugar consumption. Rather than giving up your favorite splurges altogether, consider giving your drinks an updated twist to make them healthier. For instance, if you’re a soda lover you can replace a typical soda with a much healthier alternative. Pour yourself a glass of naturally flavored seltzer (calorie-free, sugar-free, and it fizzes) and add a splash of flavor by any means you’d like—fruit juice, fruit slices, flavored ice cubes, etc. Not a soda lover? Do you prefer coffee and tea? Skip all the added teaspoons of sugar by opting for cream or honey. It’s as simple as that.

Never Skip a Healthy Breakfast

We know… some people just aren’t breakfast lovers. But the truth of the matter is, a healthy breakfast full of wholegrain and fresh fruit will keep you powered up for the day and decrease your craving for sweets. You can’t beat that!

Be Mindful of Your Home Cooking

The truth is, we all have a lot of control over what we consume every day. Home cooking might seem like a rarity, but when you choose to cook you can steer your meals in a healthier direction. Rather than exerting all that effort on sugar-loaded recipes, discover new possibilities and consider cooking and baking with less sugar. Think we’re crazy? It’s doable! For starters, flavor your foods with vanilla, cinnamon, or nutmeg. They provide a lot of flavor and sweetness. Is dessert on your mind? Think outside of the box. A poached piece of fruit can be delectable. Sprinkle it with your favorite spice or serve it on the side of some sugar-free custard. Need something simpler? Pop some berries in the freezer and pull them out when you need a sweet crunch. Delicious!

Consuming less sugar takes a certain level of commitment, but your oral and overall health is worth it. Start with small changes and work your way up from there. You can do it!

Stop by Spectrum Dental in Worthington, Ohio and our team can help you keep your oral health in check.

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