05 Sep Sneaky Foods and Drinks you Should Watch out for
Back to school and back to our regular hectic lifestyles can mean eating on the run. As a result, you could unknowingly be choosing foods or drinks that have sneaky sugars and low pH. This can cause not just cavities, but nagging tooth sensitivity. It is so hard to know what to avoid. And what can you do about it?
If you are experiencing frequent cavities or tooth sensitivities or want to avoid them, the best thing you can do is get a proper diagnosis and custom plan. At IOM we can help by using our comprehensive risk assessments to customize the right regimen, nutrition recommendations and products just for you.
Salivary testing can also be used to determine if a microbial infection or chronic low pH (which could be due to GERD or other gastrointestinal problems) is contributing to your issue.
In the meantime, here is a list of 8 foods or drinks with sneaky sugars in them to avoid:
Honey, raisins and fruit rollups
We may think that natural sugars like those in foods like honey, raisins and dried fruit rolls are good for us, but they contain a lot of very sticky sugars that can contribute to tooth decay. Eat in moderation and rinse or brush after. Alternative sweeteners such as polyols, (aka sugar alcohols), such as xylitol, act unlike regular sugar – the bacteria cannot use xylitol to grow or reproduce. Additionally, it helps neutralize an acidic pH in the mouth. Xylitol is also a key ingredient in some of our recommended anti-cavity and anti-gum disease treatment rinses. Read more about xylitol here.
Smoothies and Juices
While smoothies and juices are full of anti-oxidants and seem healthy, the fruits and juices used in making them also have a low pH (high acid) which can lead to cavities and sensitivities. You are better off eating the whole piece of fruit.
Regular greek yogurt is your best bet but watch out for the flavored kinds full of fruit juices and sweeteners!
‘No sugar added’ foods
While they claim not to have sugar added, they typically use either fruit juice or artificial sweeteners to get away with the claim. Always check the label!
The health benefits of oatmeal are plentiful, however, instant oatmeal packs can have a lot of added sugars in them. Opt instead for unsweetened versions!
Grabbing a granola on the go may seem like a great idea, but when you take a moment to look at the label, you may have more sugar than you bargained for.
Ketchup, teriyaki sauce, barbecue sauce, etc. are packed with sneaky sugars. Try homemade versions with olive oil, garlic, and herbs or look for unsweetened versions at the store.
Almond, soy and coconut milk typically have at least 10 grams of sugar in them. Look for unsweetened versions or make your own!