High Time To Rethink Sugary Drinks

High Time To Rethink Sugary Drinks

Did you know that Aussies are big consumers of sugary drinks? In fact, we were among the top 10 countries for per capita consumption of soft drinks in 2006. This should be a big cause of alarm.

Overconsumption of sweetened beverages can lead to obesity, and we all know that weight gain is one of the leading risk factors for diabetes, cancers, and cardiovascular diseases.

But the almost immediate effect of consumption of sugary drinks is evident on one’s oral health—tooth decay and acid erosion.

Just how do soft drinks, flavoured juices, and energy drinks damage your teeth?

Plaque bacteria, the germs on your teeth, consume the sugar: they use this for energy and excrete an acidic biproduct. This acid, together with the acid that might already be present in the drinks, attacks the tooth enamel. When subjected to frequent acid attacks, the enamel of the teeth starts to dissolve. This leads to cavities and excessive wearing down of the teeth.

What to do? Rethink Sugary Drink, a campaign by Cancer Council, Diabetes Australia and Heart Foundation, reminds us why it’s better to limit (even ditch) the drinking of sweetened beverages. Learn more here:

http://www.rethinksugarydrink.org.au/facts/tooth-decay.html

And if that info isn’t enough, here’s a visual reminder why you should definitely forget about drinking sugary beverages:

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