The hidden sugar hunt

Sugar. We all know that consuming too much of it is not a good thing. It can lead to all kinds of health issues from being overweight to heart disease. It is also the main culprit in causing tooth decay.

Tooth decay is caused by the bacteria in the mouth that uses the sugar from foods and drinks to produce acids that dissolve and damage the enamel of the teeth, leading to cavities.

It has recently been reported that the UK’s teeth are now worse than ever(1). Dentist and researcher Joseph Smith commented that ‘over the past 300 years sugar consumption in the UK has increased from 1.8kg to 23kg per person, per year’. This huge over-consumption of sugar means that nine out of every 10 tooth extractions for under-fives are caused by tooth decay or put simply: rotting teeth. This makes for shocking reading.

Most of us are aware that sweets, fizzy drinks, biscuits and cakes have a high sugar content and therefore can make the conscious decision to limit these things in our diet.

However, there are many everyday foods that have hidden sugar in them. Here are just a few:

 

(1) Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7644553/British-teeth-worst-TIME-says-scientists.html