Millions of children are visiting their dentists because they are eating massive amounts of sugar.
The sugar leaves them with tooth decay issues, and the dentist will need to pull out their rotting teeth. There was a story recently, about a three-year-old boy, who had to undergo 11 tooth extractions, because he was eating excessive amounts of sugar.
His dentist said that the sippy cup that the boy drank from, was always filled with soda. But this is not an issue only in New Zealand. There are studies that show that men should consume no more than 9 teaspoons of sugar, and women no more than 6 a day.
To put things into perspective, 20 oz. of Coca-Cola contains fifteen teaspoons of sugar. This means that you will consume twice the amount that is recommended, just by taking this one drink.
According to multiple researches, the average American consumes 23 teaspoons of sugar every day. That is triple the amount that is recommended for men, and quadruple the recommended amount for women.
Excessive soft drink consumption is a big problem in America, because it leads to incredibly high number of cases of eroding teeth. This is an issue that is known as “Mountain Dew Mouth” problem.
The main reason for this condition is the citric acid that can be found in these soft drinks. It is a preservative that improves the shelf life and the flavor of the drinks, and it rapidly erodes the tooth core also known as dentin.
Added sugar should also be avoided because it can lead to insulin resistance and to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Insulin resistance leads to type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome. It also significantly increases the risk of cancer.
Sugar is also responsible for obesity and its development in adults and children. Because it is highly addictive, it forces the people to crave for more food and sugar.
Childhood obesity has doubled in the last 30 years, and it has quadrupled in adolescents. This means that one of every three adolescents and children were obese or overweight.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obese young people have a much bigger chance of suffering from prediabetes, cardiovascular diseases, sleep apnea and joint and bone problems. This, in some cases results in psychological problems like poor self-esteem.
When those young people grow up, they are likely to have an increased risk of stroke, type 2 diabetes, several types of cancer and heart diseases.
The New Zealand Dental Association states that the parents should only allow their children to drink water and milk, so that they can prevent the tooth decay problem that comes as a result of soda.
The beverage industry fiercely challenges these claims, because they don’t want to lose money. Watch the video below, so you can learn more about sugar-free sodas, and their dangerous ingredients: