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  • Berkshire
  • SL2 2DG
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Our newsletter: They’re hiding 😬

22nd October 2020

Welcome to our October newsletter!

This month we share a little information on hidden sugars and where you might find them unexpectedly. We have also included some exciting information about a new treatment we now provide that enables you to build up broken teeth in just 60 minutes. As usual we have our updates from the team and social media and not forgetting our ‘question of the month!’

Hidden sugars and where you might find them

From cola, chocolate and ketchup to beer, yoghurt and soup, there is sugar sure to be included…

“Added sugar”, such as table sugar, honey and syrups, should not make up more than 5% of the total energy we get from food and drink each day. This is around 30g a day of added sugar for anyone aged 11 and older.

But the National Diet and Nutrition Survey reveals Britons are having far too much, especially children aged 11 to 18 years – 14% of their daily calories are from added sugar.

Sugar comes in many guises on food labels, including, corn sugar, dextrose, fructose, glucose, high-fructose glucose syrup, sucrose, levulose, isoglucose and many more.

Here are 6 main sources of added sugar in the British diet according to the National Diet and Nutrition Survey, with examples of some of the main sweet offenders.

Sugar, preserves and confectionery

A large chunk of the added sugar in our daily diet (up to 27%) comes from table sugar, jams, chocolate and sweets, with chocolate regularly voted Britain’s favourite sweet treat.

Non-alcoholic drinks

Perhaps the most surprising source, just over a fifth (21%) of the added sugar in adult diets comes from soft drinks, fruit juice and other non-alcoholic drinks. The levels are even higher among children aged 11 to 18 years, who get around a third of their added sugar from drinks – mainly soft drinks, such as cola. That said, fruit juice still contains vitamins and minerals, so 1 glass (150ml) of unsweetened 100% fruit juice counts as 1 of your 5 A Day. Fruit juice is best enjoyed at mealtimes to reduce the risk of tooth decay. Children should avoid sugary drinks and swap to water, lower fat milks, and diet, sugar-free and no-added-sugar drinks.

Biscuits, buns and cakes

While cereal-based products, especially wholegrains, form part of a healthy, balanced diet, try to cut down on varieties high in sugar and fat, which can increase the risk of tooth decay and contribute to weight gain if eaten in excess.

Alcoholic drinks

Alcohol contains more calories (7kcal/g) than carbohydrates or protein (4kcal/g).

A standard glass of wine (175ml, 12% ABV, 126kcal) can contain as many calories as a piece of chocolate.

Dairy products

Dairy products like cheese and yoghurt form part of a healthy, balanced diet. But some dairy products, such as flavoured milks, yoghurts, and dairy-based desserts like ice cream, contain added sugar.

Savoury food

Sugar is also found in surprisingly large amounts in many savoury foods, such as stir-in sauces, ketchup, salad cream, ready meals, marinades, chutneys and crisps.

Be sugar aware!

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to visit our website and don’t hesitate to contact us on 01753 526301 or [email protected].

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