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Sugar Can Cause Cavities and Poor Skin

March 20, 2015|  

As the World Health Organization (WHO) targets intake of sugar as a health danger, a study was recently released indicates the target for sugar should be just 3% of one’s diet. The WHO is also concerned that sugar reduces overall nutrition, leads to weight loss and increases risks of chronic diseases.

But that’s just one of the results of too much sugar. Excess sugar over a lifetime also can cause dull and wrinkled skin. So there seems to be not only health risks but also risks to one’s beauty, the health of the largest organ, our skin.
Here are some tips to avoid too much sugar. Natural sugar is in many of the foods we eat but we can control added sugar. Keep added sugar to no more than 10% of your calorie intake (in fact as noted above 3%).
For example for a 45 year old woman of average height (5-foot-4), 10% is 160 calories (or 10 teaspoons) from added sugar—about the number in one 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola or six Hershey’s Kisses. Obviously 3% is less than 53 calories (3 teaspoons). Many foods contain hidden sugars disguised under other names on the ingredients labels. To know how much sugar, check the nutritional label and see how much sugar is contained in the package and for what size serving. Take the total grams and divide by four to determine how many teaspoons are in the product. And avoid high-fructose corn syrup which you can find on the ingredient list.
Cutting down on sugar can reduce your cavities and keep your skin more supple. Although you probably cannot cut it out, reducing how much you add to foods can help keep you healthy and beautiful.
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