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Going Sugar Free… The Right Way

Posted by: Dr. Sirakian     Categories: Uncategorized

Thinking about cutting back on sugar? You may be considering replacing your sugar intake with artificial sweeteners to cut the number of calories you take in. However, there are certain things to watch out for:

  • “Sugarless” isn’t always so – A product may claim to be ‘sugarless’ or ‘no sugar added’ but that doesn’t mean that there is no sugar, it just means they didn’t add any refined sugar to it during processing. Have a look at the nutrition information to see how many carbs are in the food to get a better idea of how much sugar there is in the food.
  • Sugar alcohols are a good replacement – There are certain ingredients that are described as ‘sugar alcohols’. These aren’t actually alcohol and they won’t cause intoxication. The FDA has said they don’t cause cavities, and in fact, one of them, Xylitol, actually protects teeth!
  • Artificial sweeteners – The widely used and FDA-approved sweeteners (such as aspartame and sucralose) haven’t shown to be dangerous for human consumption. You do, however, need to watch out for impacting the flavor of a dish if you are using it in your own cooking. For instance, aspartame can’t be used for baked goods since it degrades at high temperatures!

May
14

Don’t Fall Asleep With Your Dentures In!

Having dentures can be challenging, especially for new wearers. It may take awhile for many patients to become accustomed to to their size, shape, and orientation, as well as adjusting to a proper cleaning and care routine. However, whether you are new to dentures or a seasoned pro, you must follow this basic rule: don’t […]

Apr
30

Vegetarian? Your Dental Health Could be at Risk

We all have different prerogatives when discussing food choices. One of the major food prerogatives is becoming a vegetarian. Some of us choose this lifestyle, but do we ever consider any of the consequences associated with it? In terms of dental health, there are some concerns related to a strict vegetarian diet. First, there are […]

Mar
26

Falling Asleep Without Brushing

Have you ever gone to sleep without brushing your teeth? You may think, “Oh it’s just this one time,” but after reading this you will never have that “one time” again! We all know that we are supposed to brush and floss our teeth at least twice a day, but what exactly happens when two […]

Feb
27

5 Foods for a Healthy Smile

When we eat, we rarely think about how our favorite foods affect our teeth. Well, we should! Different foods can have effects on our oral health. Here are some types of foods that are recommended for a healthy smile, and some that we advise to steer away from. Follow these guidelines, and your smile will […]

Feb
6

The Top 7 Reasons We Avoid the Dentist

For as many jokes as there are about the dentist, it’s really not a scary place! The fear that is present in our minds even before we enter the office has no reason to be there! Modern medicine ensures that treatments are generally painless, so what else is there to worry about? In this article […]

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