A couple of decades ago when a child went to the dentist’s office it was only for a routine cleaning and a filling or two but now the situation is very different, and it’s no wonder if we consider the amount of sugar kids these days consume. Their teeth become so rotten that a filling can’t fix it, the teeth have to come out, sometimes a few at a time.
The most recent story in the topic comes from New Zealand, where one dentists had to pull out 11 teeth from a 3- year old as a result of excessive sugar intake. The dentist reports that the boy’s sippy cup was filled with soda instead of water.
But don’t be fooled, New Zealand isn’t the only country with this problem, in America we’ve got the same thing. According to the National Heart Association, men should consume no more than 9tsp. of sugar a day, while women no more than 6. Now imagine that a can of Coke contains 15tsp. of sugar, which is more than 2 times the recommended daily intake of sugar.
According to research an average American consumes 23 teaspoons of sugar a day, which is 3 times the recommended dose for men and 4 times the recommended dose for women.
Furthermore, the area stretching from New York to Alabama, the Appalachia, is concerned about its citizens’ high sugar intake, as a result of excessive drinking of soft drinks which leads to an alarming number of rooting teeth, especially in children. The locals have called this problem Mountain Dew Mouth, after the drink that’s super=popular in the area.
The main reason why this happens is the high amount of citric acid in the drink, a preservative that’s added to improve the flavor and prolong the drink’s shelf life. The citric acid erodes both the protective layer of the teeth and its core, the dentin.
But tooth decay is not the only reason why you need to eliminate added sugars from your diet, there are a number of other health concerns associated with sugars. Excess sugars cause liver overload and can lead to fatty liver disease. It also makes you insulin resistant and can cause type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular problems and metabolic syndrome. High sugar intake can also increase your risk of cancer. Sugar also is one of the main reasons for obesity in children and is highly addictive, making you crave for more and more, the more you eat it the more you want it.
In the past 30 years obesity in children has doubled while the obesity in adolescents has increased 4 times. A third of all adolescents and children were obese in 2012.
The CDC reported that obese children are at a higher risk of suffering from some kind of chronic disease like cardiovascular problems, prediabetes, sleep apnea, joint problems and bone issues. They’re also more prone to psychological and social problems.
The New Zealand Dental Association advises parents to only give their children water and milk, no soda whatsoever if they want to prevent tooth decay.
All the major soda manufacturers would want you to believe that this information are untrue and that their drinks have nothing to do with the conditions mentioned above, but dentists and health experts all agree that soft drinks and all sugary products have a negative effect on your overall health.
Here’s a short video which will tell you a bit more about sugar-free sodas and how they affect you:
Article and image source: