Drinking beverages with high sugar and acid level not only affects your oral health, but your general health as well. In addition to tooth decay and cavities, sugar-sweetened beverages (SBB) can also result in other health risks including diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.
SBBs can “hide” sugar by floating it in liquid and then camouflaging it in a bottle or can. You can’t see the sugar, so it is difficult to measure it.
At Smart Smile Dental, we thought we’d make it simpler for you by measuring this sugar in teaspoons and grams, which we all understand!
Soft Drinks – Everyone knows these contain sugar, but that amount varies. A 355 ml can of Coca-Cola has 10 teaspoons of sugar (39 grams), while a Mountain Dew has over 11 (47 grams).
Energy Drinks – These “pep” drinks not only contain chemicals to stimulate you, but they also contain sugar. Red Bull (245 ml) contains 7 teaspoons (27 grams), while the larger Rockstar (473 ml) has a whopping 15 teaspoons (62 grams)
Fountain Drinks – These can be enormous! A 7-11 Big Gulp contains 32 teaspoons of sugar (91 grams), while a Super Big Gulp has a shocking 40 teaspoons (146 grams)!
Fruit Juice – Fruit juice has more sugar than you might guess. Golden Circle Tropical (591 ml) has 17 teaspoons (70 grams) and Snapple Lemon Iced Tea (473 ml). Even Orange Juice (591 ml) contains a surprising 12 teaspoons (48 grams)!
Milk Drinks – We think of milk as healthy, but it does contain sugar. Chocolate Milk (473 ml) contains 16 teaspoons (58 grams), while even the “healthy” alternative, Vitasoy (240 ml) contains 4.5 teaspoons (48 grams) of sugar!
Smart Smile Dental, wants you to “be thinking about what you’re drinking!” And try to pick healthy alternatives to sugar-laden drinks. We can help you choose to stay healthy and live well!
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