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Healthy Eating During the Summer is Important

Summer is great but it is important to watch what we eat. Especially sugar.

Health Food Ideas from Ellis Dental 

Health Food Ideas from Ellis Dental 

The summer can be the best time of the year. School is out, the days are longer, families hit the road on vacation and the fun is endless. While summer is a welcome change from our routine, it is important to watch what we eat. Especially sugar.

Limiting the amount of sugar your entire family eats is good for your teeth and key to your overall health. Here are some dentist-recommended tips from our friends at the American Dental Association to start saying good-bye to unnecessary sugar throughout the day. 

Know the Limits

When choosing a snack, keep an eye on added sugar (sweeteners like corn syrup or white sugar that are added to prepared foods). Naturally occurring sugars are less worrisome, as they are found in healthy choices like milk and fruit.

The Truth About Juice

Because juice is high in sugar and calories, water and milk are always the best options for your little one. In fact, water and milk are the best beverages for your teeth, period. (That goes for grown-ups, too.) 

Skip the Soda

Call it soda, call it pop. But sugary, carbonated beverages by any name are bad news for your child’s teeth.

Be Picky About Stick Snacks

If you’ve been under the impression that gummy or sticky fruit snacks are healthy alternatives, you’re not alone. Many parents are surprised to learn they are really closer to candy than fruit, especially when it comes to sugar. Even foods like raisins, which are often promoted as an all-natural snack option, can be troublesome. 

Visit the ADA website to read the full article, 6 Ways to Reduce Your Child’s Sugary Snacking.