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Even healthy foods can contain harmful sugar
Updated: 3/9/2012 7:00:05 PM

Even healthy foods can contain harmful sugar  

Most people know that eating too much sugar can damage a person's oral health, but some may not realize that it's not just the sugar that comes from candy and soda that can hurt teeth, but the kind in healthy foods as well.

Recently, Colorado Health published an article explaining a little more about the connection between nutrition and healthy teeth. The news source pointed out that extrinsic acids, which can be found in fruit, soft drinks and even herbal teas can cause erosion to tooth enamel, so it's important for people to monitor their intake of these foods.

Also, Health explained that even foods that are considered healthy may harm your teeth.

"Both natural and refined sugars can cause equal harm. In fact, some ingredients in many 'sugarless' foods are immediately converted to sugars and are just as dangerous as eating sugar directly," said Vidhya Sampath, D.D.S., quoted by the news source.

The Cleveland Clinic recommends that people who are concerned about their dental health chose fruits and vegetables with a high volume of water, such as pears, melons, celery and cucumbers, and avoid bananas and raisins, since these have concentrated sugar.

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