Sugar, we can’t avoid the stuff. It’s practically in everything. A lovely dentist I worked alongside called Mel, once said ‘were not the sugar police’. I think this sums up my feelings on sugar.
Unless you’re a refined sugar free diet goddess/ god (which if you are I envy you) the majority of us will have some form of sugar in our diets. That’s ok, that’s normal! I’ll even say that’s fine.
BUT!! and this is a big but….
We are sugar addicts. It has been proven sugar is as addictive as heroin. I’m only joking but it has been debated that it is addictive. Sugar isn’t going away though, it’s a part of daily life. Unfortunately though, for to many of us it plays the lead role. Currently adults and children across the UK consume 2-3 times the recommended amount of sugar.
So where do we go from here. Evidence suggests to keep sugar to meal times. If you take one thing from this post, let it be that. This is because once you eat sugar an acid attack occurs. Acid attacks to the teeth lead to tooth decay. These attacks can last between 20 minutes to 2 hours. If you are frequently snacking or sipping throughout the day your body and teeth just can’t deal with this.
To cut out sugar in your diet completely and for me to suggest you only drink milk and water for the rest of your life is just not realistic, I’m setting you up to fail. I believe that if you take little steps into tweaking your habits then your sugar goals are much more obtainable. So next time you take a bite or take a gulp, please just think, SUGAR….. has this got sugar in, how much sugar has this got in and should I be eating this right now.
Adults should have no more than 30g of sugar a day. That’s 7 sugar cubes. That’s a 500ml bottle of coke a cola.
Food for thought?