Some time ago, children were visiting their dentists for a simple routine cleaning, however these days, children consume a tremendous sugar amount. This leaves them with tooth decay problems, and their decaying teeth need to be pulled out.
Recently, a 3-year-old young boy in New Zealand who consumed excessive amounts of sugar needed to undergo 11 teeth extractions. His dental expert Dr. Rob Beaglehole said that the sippy cup of the boy was filled with soda.
Yet, this is not only a New Zealand issue. According to the American Heart Association, women must should consume no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar, and men no more than 9 teaspoons daily. For example, one 20 oz. Coca-Cola contains 15 teaspoons of sugar, so if you drink one today, you consume two times the recommended amount for women.
Research has shown that the amount of sugar consumed by the average American daily is a massive 23 teaspoons, which is triple the recommended amount for men and quadruple the recommended amount for women.
Furthermore, Appalachia, the area that stretches from southern New York to Alabama, has also noted an issue with sugar consumption, due to the intake of soft drinks, which result in an amazingly high number cases of eroding teeth.
This issue is also known as the “Mountain Dew Mouth” problem, after the most popular drink in the area. The main culprit for this is the citric acid, which is a preservative that improves the flavor and the shelf life of these drinks and is found in high amounts in soda. It erodes the enamel and dentin, the tooth core.
Yet, this is not the only reason that you should avoid added sugar. Namely, sugar overwhelms the liver and causes non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and insulin resistance, which in turn causes type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disease. High sugar intake also causes an increased cancer risk.
Sugar usage is also the main reason for the development of obesity in children and adults. It reduces satiety levels and is highly addictive, forcing people to crave for more sugar and food.
In the last 3 years, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in teenagers, and in 2012, over 1/3 of kids and adolescents were overweight or obese.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that overweight youth are more likely to suffer from some of the risk factors for cardiovascular disease, sleep apnea, prediabetes, bone and joint problems, and social and psychological problems such as bad self-esteem.
Moreover, obese adolescents and children are most likely to be obese as adults, being at risk of stroke, osteoarthritis, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and several types of cancer.
According to the New Zealand Dental Association, parents should give only milk and water to their children, in order to avoid more tooth decay from soda.
Even though these claims are constantly challenged by the beverage industry, dentists and nutrition experts warn about the negative effects of soft drinks and all sugar-high products.
The following video will provide information about sugar-free sodas, and the effects of their ingredients:
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