Well, apparently the answer is yes. It not only comes in different forms, but it also comes in different names. Under these names, sugar has stealthy hidden among the other ingredients in many indecipherable labels. From soft drinks to salad dressings to organic entrees, how can you avoid the single worst thing for your teeth? It used to be so easy. But fructose, dextrose, glucose, corn syrup, honey, maltose, maple syrup, molasses, dextrin, barley malt syrup…in whose pastry crust? Who could keep track anymore? Even the most astute label readers among us were floored.
Just how much sugar?
Just two hundred years ago, the average American ate a mere 2 pounds of sugar every year. By 1970, the sugar consumption rate increased to 123 pounds of sugar. Today, the average American consumes 152 pounds of sugar in one year. That’s the equivalent of 6 cups of sugar in one week! Apparently, my sugar shock led to this epiphany. How can any dentist assume you can limit your intake of sugary sweets and drinks when it’s secretly masquerading in the very foods you buy? [Read more…]