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You probably get lectured about this at least once a year around Halloween. The idea isn’t anything new. Too much sugar is a bad thing, especially when it comes to dental health. But what you may not realize is that we are not just talking about candy. Have you ever looked into just how much sugar is in everyday foods that you eat and drink?

For example, did you know that you will have exceeded the recommended daily amount of sugar if you drink just one can of soda? That’s right. The Food and Drug Administration put forth a recommendation based upon years of research that advised Americans to limit their sugar to just 50 grams per day, and that it make up no more than 10 percent of your daily calories.

Chances are, even if you try to eat a healthy diet, you probably go over this amount every day. That is why it is doubly important to read labels when buying food at the grocery store. There are many foods that have too much sugar, or even have added sugars in their product. Here is a list of typical sugars to watch out for on food labels. When you see that they are in the first few ingredients, take note and find a better alternative.

-corn syrup
-maple syrup
-crystallized cane sugar
-malt syrup
-invert sugar
-evaporated cane juice
-high fructose corn syrup
-fruit juice concentrate
-turbinado sugar
-brown sugar
-cane sugar
-fruit juice concentrate
-confectioners’ or powdered sugar
-raw sugar
-corn sweeteners

If you’d like more information about how sugar affects your oral health, call Drs. Castle, McGee, Ferro, Lamb, Tran, and Swedlow at Oak Park Dental. Make an appointment at: 337-478-3232, or come by our office in Lake Charles, Louisiana.