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    Twelve Foods Your Dentist Won’t Eat


    What does a carbon body of a 2007 Shelby Mustang Funny Car, Tom Cruise, a fully grown male deer, and all the sugar and other sweeteners the average American will eat this year have in common?  The common thread is that they all weigh about 140 pounds.  It’s hard to imagine, but according to research each of us will eat the sugar equivalent of 6,047 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in the next twelve months.  Not all of this sugar we will consume will come from candy, cakes and ice cream, as some may assume, but from regular food products, as well.

    “Eat This, Not That!”, a best-selling weight loss book, reveals twelve of the most sugar-packed foods that are consumed by Americans each day.  By steering clear of these foods, your blood sugar and your teeth, will thank you.

    • Most Sugar Packed Canned Product – Fruit in Heavy Syrup.  Even though this is fruit, a 1/2 cup serving contains 23 grams of sugar. Opt for frozen fruit to cut back on sugar and calories.
    • Most Sugar Packed Breakfast Baked Good – Whole Grain Raspberry Muffins.  When you think of a whole grain muffin, you think of a low sugar, fiber filled, healthy for you muffin.  Unfortunately some whole grain muffins contain more sugar than a pack of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, about  29 grams of sugar. 
    • Most Sugar Packed Cereal – Natural Granola Cereals.  Although granola cereals are thought to be a healthy breakfast option, many brands sugar content count for more than a third of the calories in a bowlful of cereal.  According to the authors, the only healthy way to eat granola is to crumble a handful into a bowl of yogurt.
    • Most Sugar Packed Chinese Meal – Honey Garlic Chicken with Fried Rice.  When eating oriental food, avoid this dish as it not only contains 34 grams of sugar per serving, but adds 840 calories, as well.  Replace this dish with Pineapple Chicken with Mixed Vegetables for half the sugar and less than half of the calories.
    • Most Sugar Packed Mall Snack – Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel with Sweet Dip – Not only is the pretzel sweet, but the little cup of icing itself contains 32 grams of sugar, which brings the sugar content up to 61 grams.  Avoid this sugar trap and substitute a raisin pretzel with cream cheese for just 16 grams of sugar.
    • Most Sugar Packed Fast Food Breakfast – Apple Crumb Donut with Small Coffee with Cream and Sugar.  This breakfast combination totals 66 grams of sugar and 610 calories. 
    • Most Sugar Packed Coffee House Drink – Strawberries & Creme Frappuccino Blended Creme.  Frappuccinos in general are one of the worst beverages you can buy and this one contains 71 grams of sugar and 450 calories.
    • Most Sugar Packed Fruity Ice Cream – Big cups of ice cream at most ice cream parlors are equivalent to three scoops of ice cream and add up to 74 grams of sugar and 760 calories.
    • Most Sugar Packed Smoothies – Be on the look out for smoothies made with juice, not fruit as they are loaded with sugar.  A 22 ounce Banana Berry smoothie can contain 82 grams of sugar and 400 calories.
    • Most Sugar Packed Hot Beverage – Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate.  Classic hot chocolate is laden with more than half a day’s worth of saturated fat and 81 grams of sugar in this beverage.
    • Most Sugar Packed Shake – There are no healthy milkshakes, but there are those that are worse than others.  A BP&C Shake contains three days’ worth of saturated fat and 140 grams of sugar. 
    • Most Sugar Packed Menu Item in America – Oreo Layered Sundae.  Any type of sundae is calorie laden, but this sundae tops them all with 146 grams of sugar and 1,330 calories.  If you must satisfy your sundae craving, stick with two scoops of ice cream with a bit of hot fudge.

    By watching what we eat at home and when eating out, we can cut back on not only our sugar consumption, but our calorie and saturated fat consumption as well, and can improve our overall body health and oral health.

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