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World Health Organization?s Sugar Consumption Numbers Need to be Reduced

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The reasoning behind it is sound: 92% of adults between 20-64 have experienced dental caries or tooth decay in 1 of their permanent teeth. 

According to a Medical News Today article, the researchers "found that adults had a significantly higher incidence of tooth decay than children, and this incidence soared with any sugar consumption over 0% of total daily calories. But even among children, the team found that moving from consuming almost no sugar to 5% of total daily calories doubled the rate of tooth decay. This rose with every increase in sugar intake.?

"Tooth decay is a serious problem worldwide and reducing sugar intake makes a huge difference," reports Aubrey Sheiham, study author and a member of the Department of Epidemiology & Public Health at University College London. "Data from Japan were particularly revealing, as the population had no access to sugar during or shortly after the Second World War. We found that decay was hugely reduced during this time, but then increased as they began to import sugar again."

The World Health Organization defines free sugar as ?any monosaccharides and disaccharides that a manufacturer, cook or consumer adds to foods. Sugars that are naturally present in honey, syrup and fruit juices are also classed as free sugars.?

With more and more foods becoming sugar-free, is the sugar consumption drop easy to do, or is it easier said then done? For the sake of our oral health, hopefully it is the former.

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