Sugar Feeding Bacteria Do Not Cause Tooth Decay
For decades we have been taught that sugar causes cavities by sticking to the teeth. I agree with what dentists say. That eating sugar frequently will lead to tooth decay. But it isn't because of the bacteria feeding off of the sugar. It is because of how processed sugar can cause and contribute to disease and imbalance in your body.
But Ramiel Nagel, author of Cure Tooth Decay, says that it is actually changes in blood chemistry that results in tooth decay.
Perhaps you’ve heard that sweets are ok in moderation, as long as you brush right after consuming them. In reality, the fluctuations in blood chemistry last for several hours - so whether you brush the teeth or not after the damage is still being done.
As for moderation, how much is too much?
Well, consider that the United States Department of Agriculture says Americans consume a staggering 156 pounds of added sugar per year, most of which comes from processed foods not traditional sugar.
When fat became the enemy in the 80s and 90s, manufacturers realized that low fat and fat-free foods would be bland and unappealing, so they replaced it with loads of sucrose or sugar - same thing - and high fructose corn syrup.
If you think there is any debated whether sugar/sucrose is better or worse than high fructose corn syrup. Let me clarify. Sugar is recognized by the body. High fructose corn syrup is a man made sweetener that is toxic to the liver. Its consumption promotes tooth decay by wreaking havoc with your body chemistry.
Even natural sweets can cause fluctuations in blood sugar.
And it’s not just “sweets” that have sugar. Much is hidden in everyday processed foods like peanut butter, crackers and even condiments like ketchup and salad dressing. Read the labels of these foods before you buy them and make sure they have no added sugar.
The bottom line is that despite health warnings from the World Health Organization, sugar consumption is rising at an alarming rate of more than five percent every year!
There is no doubt that society rewards itself - especially our children - with sugar. Think of the associations. Birthdays and cakes, Christmas and cookies, Halloween and candy... these are just the tip of the icing - pun intended.
Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California at San Francisco medical school has long called sugar “toxic,” leading to obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and even heart disease.
And findings from a
Within two weeks participants had increased bloodstream concentrations of LDL cholesterol, triglycerides and a protein known as apolipoprotein-B, which can lead to plaque buildup in arteries.
Kimber Stanhope, senior study author and research scientist at UC Davis said that "the American Heart Association recommends that people consume only five percent of their daily calories as added sugar, but the federal Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 suggest an upper limit of 25 percent or less" - suggesting a reevaluation of the U.S. dietary guidelines.