Prevent Tooth Decay and Obesity

Prevent Tooth Decay and Obesity
Recently, to reduce the risk of tooth decay and obesity, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended everyone reduce sugar consumption by more than half.

The new WHO guideline advises all children and adults, especially in the Americas, western Europe and the middle east, to reduce sugar intake to less than 10% of their total daily calories. Since the average American adult consumes about 3700 calories a day, 10% of total calories would come to less than 50 grams or no more than about 12 daily teaspoons of sugar.

Why is reducing sugar intake the healthy thing to do? Excessive sugar consumption is linked to the rapidly increasing concern of obesity, heart disease and diabetes in many countries. That’s why the World Health Organization strongly suggested everyone go as far as reduce their sugar intake to 5% of total calories.

Sugar Causes Health Problems

Obesity is one of the major causative factors in heart disease, the number one preventable killer worldwide. High sugar intake is also linked to –
  • acne,
  • fatigue,
  • depression,
  • headaches,
  • tooth decay,
  • hypoglycemia,
  • high blood pressure,
  • and violent behavior.
Sugar is considered by many authorities to be a dangerous drug. In fact, studies show sugar is as addictive as that other deadly white powder – cocaine.

Sugar Consumption Fact

Most people have no clue how much sugar they consume. They may not add it to their morning coffee, but extra added sugars, disguised under many deceptive names, are found in almost all commercial supermarket and health food store food products. The worst offenders are colas, candies, cakes, cookies, pies, fruit drinks and dairy desserts, but you’ll also find sugar in canned soup, pasta sauces, salad dressing and almost all breads and cereals.

Are you aware that about 200 years in 1822 sugar was a rare treat in the average American home? Most Americans American consumed about 45 grams of sugar every five days. That’s about the same amount of sugar found in just one 12 oz. can of soda.

The American sweet tooth is now being constantly satisfied. Today, the average American consumes about 765 grams of sugar every five days, about 130 pounds year or about 4 tons of sugar during their lifetime. That’s more than enough sugar to fill a small industrial dumpster.

How to Pull Your Sweet Tooth

What can you do to break the sugar habit? The best place to start is to cut way back or better yet eliminate totally all soft drinks from your daily diet. The average American today consumes over 600 12-ounce servings of soda a year. Males between the ages of 12 - 29 are the worst offenders. On the average, they consume 1/2 gallon of cola a day or 160 gallons annually.

Colas are nothing but empty calories. They supply no vitamins, minerals, enzymes or fiber and, therefore, they have no nutritional value. All colas do is satisfy your sugar fix, which they created in the first place. Instead, drink pure, clean water.

Then eliminate all sweetened foods from your diet. Stop adding sugar to recipes. Use other spices to flavor meals. Start reading food labels and avoid all processed foods containing added sugars. Be aware that food manufacturers have found many different ways to hide sugars in food products, but whatever they may call it sugar is still dangerous. And if you want to satisfy your “sweet tooth”, choose fresh fruit for a treat.

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