Drinking beverages high in sugars and acids not only harm oral health, but general health as well. In addition to tooth decay and cavities, sugar-sweetened beverages (SBB) can also result in health risks including diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.
SBBs can “camouflage” sugar by floating it in liquid and then hiding it in a bottle or can. You can’t see the sugar, so it is difficult to measure it.
At Cardiff Dental, we thought we’re making it easier for you by measuring this sugar in teaspoons and grams, which we all understand!
Soft Drinks – Everyone knows these contain sugar, but the 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 get you up, but they also contain sugar. Red Bull (245 ml) contains 7 teaspoons (27 grams), while the larger Rockstar (473 ml) has 15 teaspoons (62 grams)
Fountain Drinks – These can be gigantic! A 7-11 Big Gulp has 32 teaspoons of sugar (91 grams), while a Super Big Gulp has an appalling 40 teaspoons (146 grams)!
Fruit Juice – Fruit juice has plenty of sugar. 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 wholesome, but it does contain sugar. Chocolate Milk (473 ml) contains 16 teaspoons (58 grams), while the “healthy” alternative, Vitasoy (240 ml) contains an unexpected 4.5 teaspoons (48 grams) of sugar!
Cardiff Dental hope you will “think about what you drink!” And try to pick better alternatives to sugar-laden drinks. Together we can choose to stay healthy and live well!
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