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Cancer Causing Foods

August 8th, 2012

We all know that certain foods are healthier than others. However, did you know that some foods can actually lead to the development of cancer? Some of the ingredients in common foods are carcinogens, or cancer causers. Once you get to know these ingredients, you can make smart choices about the foods you eat.

Part of what causes cancerous tumors to develop is sugar in the blood. Consuming too many sugar ridden snacks (simple carbs) creates an ideal environment for cancer cells to grow. Eating a low-glycemic diet means avoiding refined sugars at all costs.

Some examples of these are high-fructose corn  syrup, sugar, sucrose, enriched bleached flour, white rice, white pastas, and white breads. Also, eliminating soda and sweeteners is advised. Not only will you be eating healthier, you'll also help keep a good body weight and warding off diabetes.

Below are five cancer causing foods to avoid:

- Hot dogs: Children should not eat more than 12 hot dogs in a month. If these are a favorite of your child, look for ones without harmful sodium nitrite as an ingredient.

- Processed meats/bacon: These also have sodium nitrite as an ingredient most of the time. Going to an organic market would be the best way to find some without it. There is also a high amount of saturated fat, which is bad for heart health.

- Doughnuts: They are loaded with hydrogenated oils and are condemned by experts as a terrible breakfast choice.

- French fries: Hydrogenated oils are an ingredient in these as well. They're fried at an extremely high temperature and contain saturated and trans fats, which are counter productive to heart health.

- Chips, crackers and cookies: What makes them so delicious is excess sugar, trans fats, and white flour. Also, there are often preservatives to maintain their shelf life.

Avoiding these foods as much as possible is an easy way to a better, healthier life!

Sports Drinks Damage Teeth

May 9th, 2012

Did you know that there is a strong correlation between sports drinks/energy drinks and tooth enamel damage? The Academy of General Dentistry has learned just how harmful these beverages are after completing a lengthy study. Over the years, children and teens have drunk an increasing number of sports drinks, which is leading to early tooth decay.

Various brands and types of drinks were tested, such as Gatorade, Powerade, Propel, Fuze, Monster, and Red Bull. Several factors were considered, such as the frequency of consumption, the sugar content, acidic properties, etc.

The AGD found that both sports drinks and energy drinks have acidic content, sugar, and more that contributes to the breakdown of tooth enamel. Frequent consumption of these beverages can lead to serious oral problems. You can read the study in full here.

Acidic Drinks and Tooth Erosion

May 2nd, 2012

Have you ever taken a moment to think about what soda is doing to your teeth? Dentists have talked about the damaging effects of soda and other sugary, carbonated drinks on teeth for a long time. However, people still consume too much of them on a daily basis.

Research also shows that acidic fruit juice, such as orange juice, and energy drinks are just as corrosive to enamel. Constant consumption bathes the teeth in a sugary, acidic mixture that strips away tooth enamel over time.

What’s important to remember about enamel erosion is that it’s far more dangerous than decay. This is because by drinking these harmful beverages, you are exposing teeth to its corrosive properties all at once. Serious break down of the teeth can occur and may result in crowns or dentures depending on the severity.

You don’t have to give up these types of drinks all together. Like anything, moderation is key. There are techniques you can implement to help minimize erosion.

1. If you drink the acidic beverage all at once, instead of sipping it all day, you won’t constantly bathe teeth in acid or excess sugar.

2. By using a straw, you avoid having the liquid wash your teeth in the harmful acid and sugar.

3. Rinse your mouth with water after consuming acidic or sugary beverages.

4. Make a healthier choice and opt for water.

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