Friday, January 26, 2018

It's National Sugar Awareness Week

The third work week of January (1/22-26) of 2018 is known as Sugar Awareness Week. In honor of this week, our health clinics in Osage Beach would like to point out approximately how much sugar is in some of the most popular foods we may eat today and what you can do to combat the damage sugar has done to your teeth.

Approximate Sugar Levels in Some of the Most Popular Foods

Source: USDA (unless otherwise stated)

Food Choice # 1
Ice Cream
One serving of vanilla ice cream (½ cup) holds approximately 14 grams of sugar. While ice cream can be a good source of dairy, you should be aware of how much sugar is in each serving before you eat it, if you are hoping to eat less sugar.

Food Choice # 2
For example, Kellogg's Raisin Bran Crunch has 19 grams of sugar per cup.
If you are looking for less sugary breakfast items, be sure to pay attention to the nutrition labels on your cereal.

Food Choice # 3
There are approximately 11 grams of sugar in a medium doughnut with chocolate. Doughnuts can be very tasty and can be a nice treat every once in a while, but if you eat one for breakfast every morning, you will be consuming a ton of sugar, which can hold you back from accomplishing your weight loss goal in 2018.

Food Choice # 4
Chocolate Chip Cookies
According to, Nestle Toll House has 10 grams of sugar per 1 rounded tablespoon of dough. Pay attention to your portions when consuming chocolate chip cookies, it can be very easy to binge eat a batch. If you're looking to watch your sugar intake in 2018, just be mindful of your portion control.

Food Choice # 5
There are approximately .3 grams of sugar per 1 small biscuit.
If you LOVE biscuits but want to eat less sugar, you can try searching the web for sugar-free recipes or substituting a non-calorie sweetener for the sugar.

Take Care of Your Teeth

Tooth decay can be caused in part by the sugar we eat. Be sure to floss daily and brush your teeth at least twice a day. You should also set up a visit the dentist at least once every 6 months for regular checkups.

"Beauty is power; a smile is its sword." - John Ray

Eat Healthy & Stay Healthy With Central Ozarks Medical Center

If you are having issues with sugary foods eating away at your beautiful teeth, call our dental office in Richland. We have a friendly staff and we are dedicated to helping you have the brightest smile you can have. Our dental office is located at 304 W. Washington Ave. in Richland. For your next dental appointment, you can call us at 573.765.2510. Our mission is to lead the way to healthier communities.

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