O.K.  You probably clicked on this posting just to see what we would be talking about.  You were right…Sugar!

Now, we are certainly not encouraging anyone to use this posting as justification for a sugar eating binge.  However, we do want to bring to light some foods that are typically considered sugary, which in moderation are satisfactory for a healthy dental diet.

Healthy Benefits of Natural Sugars

Natural foods that contain simple sugars such as nuts, fruits, beans, and vegetables offer unique benefits for us even though they contain “sugar”.  Foods of this type are accompanied by the following:

  • Minerals
  • Vitamins
  • Protein
  • Fiber

The intake of fiber allows our bodies to more slowly absorb the sugars that we ingest.  This slow-moving absorption rate greatly benefits our blood sugar levels and for those who are diabetic, this is a very important aspect to their diets.

Good vs. Bad Sugars

How do you tell the difference between good sugars and bad sugars?

Follow this simple rule:  If you have to add sweeteners or sugars to foods then the sugar is not naturally occurring and is typically bad for you.

Here are some examples of added sugars to the foods and drinks that we eat:

  • Honey
  • Sugar (white, brown)

Effects of Too Much Bad Sugar

What can happen when you ingest too much bad sugar over a long period of time?

Type 2 Diabetes is a very serious condition that is enhanced when we ingest too much bad sugar for long periods of time and ignore recommended dietary changes.  This condition occurs when the cells in our body become resistant to insulin and more sugar stays in our bloodstream.  Over time, uncontrolled Type 2 Diabetes can also contribute to cardiovascular disease.

If you feel that you may have symptoms of Diabetes we encourage you to see your primary care physician.  For dental treatments and procedures with those who have Type 2 Diabetes, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with us so we can become part of your Health Team!

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