Dr. Robbie R. Hamblin

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351 West Iowa • Nampa, Idaho 83686

Sugar Consumption and Health

Sugar Consumption and Health


“So what’s up with the empty soda bottles?” is a frequent question I hear as patients are laying back and looking to the right while receiving treatment in the dental chair. The display has been there for over five years and it still gains the attention of new and long-term patients, alike. The empty bottles filled with the actual sugar amounts found in soda really bring to light the “sweetness” of the situation. Most people consume soda or energy drinks without realizing just how much sugar is really in there.

The American Heart Association recommends no more than 25 grams (6 tsp) of added sugars daily for women, and a maximum of 37.5 grams (9tsp) daily for men. The recommended maximum for children ages 4-8 is only 12.5 grams (3-4tsp), and 21-33 grams (approx. 6 tsp) for pre-teens and teenagers. Added sugars are defined as sugars and syrups added to beverages or food during processing or preparation not naturally occurring. The average American consumer has almost 20 teaspoons per day of added sugars… so where is all that sugar coming from?

“Regular softdrinks are the No. 1 source of added sugars in Americans’ diets, “according to the American Dental Association. (ADA.org). A 12 ounce can contain 8 teaspoons of sugar-waning a femail who consumes only one per day has already exceeded her recommended daily limit of 6 teaspoons, and a male has almost reached his limit of 9 teaspoons.

“So what’s the big risk if I am consuming too much added sugars” you may ask…

1.) Increased risk of dying from heart diseases.

-According to a major study published online (JAMA Internal medicine, April 2014).

2.)Increased risk of type 2 diabetes
(being overweight and consuming too many calories from any source).

-According to American Diabetes Association, it is recommended people limit surar added drinks to help prevent type 2 diabetes (diabetes.org).

3.)Immune system suppression.
“Eating or drinking too much sugar curbs immune system cells that attack bacteria.
This effect lasts for at least a few hours after downing a couple of sugary drinks” (webmd.com).

4.)Increased risk of tooth decay.

-Cavity causing bacteria in the mouth feed on the sugars and release acid for up to 20 minutres after eating or drinking. This effect weakens the enamel and can cause cavities over time.

Here are some suggestions to help you reduce your “added sugar” daily intake,
resulting in a healthier body and stronger teeth:

-Read the nutrition facts label on what you eat or drink.
Consider the daily maximum added sugar recommendations, women-25 grams and men 37.5 grams daily.
Stay in your range.
-You are a soda drinker, consider cutting back and only having it with a meal,
instead of sipping on it for a long time.
-Add water to your daily intake of fluids. According to mayoclinic.org adequate intake of fluid for men is approx 13 cups daily, and 9 cups daily for women.


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Dr. Robbie R. Hamblin, DMD
351 West Iowa
Nampa, Idaho 83686