High Fructose Corn Syrup More Damaging to Teeth

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is advertised as being the same thing as sugar. Calorie-wise, this is true. Both table sugar and HFCS contain the same number of calories and the human body absorbs them in the same way.corn

There are some important differences between regular sugar and high fructose corn syrup – mainly the way our body reacts. HFCS was added to an incredible array of food products, mainly because it was so much cheaper than sugar for the manufacturers to use. Consumer concern about the effects of HFCS have caused many manufacturers to remove HFCS from their products and replace it with old fashioned sugar.

We know that eating sugar is bad for our teeth, but eating high fructose corn syrup is even worse! HFCS causes more intense blood fructose fluctuations than white sugar does and this causes more minerals to be pulled from our teeth and bones. Losing these minerals weakens the tooth and leaves it open for decay.

If you are in the mood for something sweet your best bet is something sweetened naturally, like a piece of fruit. If you are going to snack on something that has been sweetened, always choose a natural product like cane sugar over a synthetically produced one like high fructose corn syrup. The science is still not clear on HFCS but we can all agree that the more natural a product, the better it usually is for you.

Help avoid tooth decay by visiting the dentist regularly. Ask about sealants to help protect children’s teeth from decay when you contact Rothfus Family Dental in Medford, OR at 541-858-7994.