Now that it finally feels like spring with all the sunshine, you might think that it's a great time to enjoy some fresh fruit juices and smoothies. They appear to be great alternatives to soda, iced tea, or other sugary drinks. However, these beverages can be harmful for your teeth and actually contain a lot of sugar according to research recently published in the online journal BMJ Open.
While the American Heart Association (AHA) suggests consuming less than 3-4 teaspoons of sugar a day for children and less than 5 teaspoons of sugar for teens, the average sugar content of pure fruit juices was 2 teaspoons and 2.5 teaspoons for smoothies. Additionally, over 40% of these drinks have 4 teaspoons of sugar!
You might think that 100% fruit juice would be better, but its innocence is deceiving. Even the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends serving no juice to infants younger than 6 months old and no more than 4 to 6 ounces to children ranging from 1 to 6 years old. Fruit juices contain free sugars (glucose, fructose, sucrose, and table sugar added by the manufacturer, plus natural sugars such as honey, syrups, and fruit juice concentrates), which can cause tooth decay.
Therefore, some recommendations include:
- not eating fruit in the form of juice
- diluting fruit juice with water
- limiting drinking fruit juice to 5 ounces per day
- drinking water and milk
Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment.
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