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Understanding Sugar Alternatives in Food

Sugar Alternatives

When cooking or baking, a lot of people these days tend to go for a sugar alternative than the “traditional” refined sugar (white, brown or raw). In most cases people swap out sugar for an ingredient like dates, honey, coconut sugar, maple syrup, rice malt syrup, etc.

Sugar alternatives are great for those who have a sweet tooth but don’t want the calories, just don’t be fooled into thinking these substitutes will eliminate the risk of developing decay. Although it may be healthier than added sugar, most sugar alternatives still contain a lot of natural sugars which are just as harmful towards our teeth.

The best way to take care of your teeth is to focus on great oral hygiene & trying to lower your sugar intake. The recommended daily sugar intake for the average adult is just 6 teaspoons or 24 grams per day. 

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