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10 Aug 2017

Healthy Cooking for the Sweet Tooth

Contrary to popular belief, ignoring your sugar cravings may make it worse. So, on those days that you need and want to satisfy your sweet tooth, indulge in alternatives that will not only satisfy those sugar cravings, but are also a healthier alternative to sugar-laden foods. What’s more, these healthier alternatives aren’t bad for your teeth either.

Many of my patients ask me about alternatives to sugary foods. There are several and they won’t add extra fat to your body, nor will they result in cavities in your teeth. In this article, we’ll talk about some foods that are good for both your teeth and your waistline.

  1. Greek Yogurt Parfait: If you’re craving for a creamy, yogurt-type treat, try combining non-fat Greek yogurt with a high-fiber fruit like raspberries or blueberries. Top it off with a sprinkle of ground nuts or flaxseeds for a crunchy texture. This parfait is lower in calories and sugar than other desserts and the nuts and flaxseeds are a good plant source of omega-3 fats.
  2. Fiber Bars: These are available in flavors such as strawberry, apricot, raspberry, and boysenberry. Each has about 8 grams of sugar and only 60 calories. It also has 6 grams of fiber that helps slow the secretion of sugars, which can prevent your body from storing fat.
  3. Natural Energy Bars: Try to avoid candy bars. Try Natural Energy Bars instead. They are sweetened with small amounts of real sugar plus sugar alcohols. They give you a feeling of indulging your sweet tooth without blowing your diet.
  4. Frozen Grapes with 8 to 12 Almonds: Fruit is full of fructose, a high-potency sugar, which makes it good for your body. Grapes are higher in sugar and lower in fiber than other fruits, and so they are to be recommended if you want to wean off candy. You can accompany frozen grapes with a sprinkling of almonds to prevent your blood sugar from spiking.
  5. Low-sugar Cereal: Instead of a high-sugar cereal, try a low-sugar cereal like Kashi Go Lean Original Cereal. The latter packs 13 grams of protein, 10 grams of sugar, and 6 grams of sugar per serving. This will indulge your sweet tooth without giving you that sugar rush.
  6. Dark Chocolate: You can indulge in a piece of dark chocolate if that sweet craving won’t go away. Dark chocolate contains antioxidants, making it a better choice than milk chocolate.
  7. Natural, Unprocessed Nut Butters: You can use these natural, unprocessed nut butters, like natural peanut butter on a celery stick the next time you are craving a salty-sweet combo. If celery isn’t something you want to eat, try a few apple slices.
  8. Popsicle: A popsicle takes a relatively long time to eat and an individually wrapped popsicle is good portion control. Eating a popsicle made out of all-natural fruit juice is better than one made of high-fructose corn syrup.

So, try out these alternatives for a healthy feeling and to avoid that inevitable sugar rush. You can experiment with different recipes and try out different healthy ingredients to indulge your sweet tooth. None of these suggested options have the sticky consistency that causes the longer deleterious effects to your teeth.

At the Tacoma Dental Group, we treat patients holistically, and practice preventive dental care. If you want to discuss your diet and how it affects your teeth, we can help work with you to ensure greater oral health.

Don’t wait any longer. Try out these food ideas to not only indulge your sweet tooth, but also ensure an overall healthy diet for optimal body functioning and healthy teeth and gums. Here’s to healthy eating!

For more information on how you can schedule an appointment for a thorough dental check-up and consultation, contact Dr. Ron Lo at 253-383-1551 or at tacomadentalgroup@gmail.com.