Reading the nutritional labelling on the products we buy is one way to check their sugar contact, but it’s not always possible to do so when we’re shopping for a week’s worth of groceries, with a toddler or two in tow! Many of us turn to a food’s health star rating to quicken this process, but thanks to labelling laws, this isn’t always accurate, and it’s also not compulsory …so soft drink giant Coke will avoid having to display low ratings. Many companies have also worked out how to exploit this system, so foods that we believe are healthy may still have a high sugar concentration.
Examples of healthy- foods-that-have-heaps-of-sugar-hidden-within-them are cereals, museli, pasta sauce, fruit juice, to name but a few.
So if we can never be sure how much sugar is actually in something, how do we protect our teeth? The answer is simple, limit the amount of processed foods and drinks we consume as much as possible. So instead of packing flavoured yoghurt for a snack during the day, go for a natural alternative like an apple, and swap the daily glass of cordial for the regular tap water instead. It’s sugar-free and also has added the bonus of having fluoride to help keep our enamel strong!
Finally, although keeping it natural will protect your teeth, it’s important to remember that it’s ok to have a cheeky snack every now and then.
All in moderation.