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Diabetic Digest - January 6, 2016

Readers:


Taking care of a 7-month-old and 3-year-old at home is the best exercise and weight-loss plan ever invented. I don't need to join a gym or eat better; I just chase after my boys and because of that I don't have time to eat too much food. I've lost all kinds of weight since these two rapscallions.

I'm not suggesting having a child or children is the ultimate way to better your health or lose weight, diet and exercise is the way to go, the former just happened to work out that way for me.

It's still early in the New Year so let's hold onto those resolutions a little bit longer.

Regards,
Steve


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Sugar-free drinks can cause measurable damage to teeth

MELBOURNE - Sugar-free drinks and candy are traditionally believed to pose less of a danger to teeth, but a study conducted in Australia found they can cause tooth decay at levels similar to those made with sugar.

Tooth decay is caused by acids dissolving the hard tissues of teeth, starting with the surface layers of enamel. Bacteria in the mouth consume sugar or carbohydrates, producing the acids -- so eating or drinking foods with less sugar in them should reduce acid production.

A new University of Melbourne study compared different types of drinks, both with and without sugar, finding an insignificant difference in the measurable tooth decay they cause.

"Many people are not aware that while reducing your sugar intake does reduce your risk of dental decay, the chemical mix of acids in some foods and drinks can cause the equally damaging condition of dental erosion," said Dr. Eric Reynolds, a professor at the University of Melbourne and CEO of the Oral Health Cooperative Research Center, in a press release.

The researchers tested 23 types of drinks on 70 human molars, using a Knoop microhardness tester to monitor changes in enamel hardness on the teeth. Overall, the researchers found little difference between drinks with and without sugar, with water and milk-based drinks having the least detrimental effect on enamel. The majority of the drinks caused softening of dental enamel by between 30 and 50 percent.

The drinks were tested in two groups. First, researchers compared 15 drinks available in Australian schools. Among the drinks sold to students on campus, those with and without sugar, all were shown to cause tooth decay, with the exception of milk.

Next, researchers compared Coca-Cola, water and several types of sports drinks. Coca-Cola, by far, caused the most tooth decay, and water caused no decay. Gatorade, Powerade, and Staminade, in liquid and powder forms, all caused decay as well. The exceptions were Sukkie and Endura, which researchers reported have higher calcium content and caused no decay.

The researchers also tested sugar-free confections, including candy and baked goods, finding 20 of the 32 products in the study had levels of acidity similar to the sugar-free drinks. In the study, they call out fruit-flavored confections, especially lemon-flavored ones, as being among the most damaging.

Swapping out acidic drinks for water more often and paying more attention to ingredients -- citric and phosphoric acids are particularly indicative of risk for decay -- are the best ways to limit damage to teeth, researchers wrote in the study.


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LIGHTER CAESAR SALAD

INGREDIENTS:
1 large head romaine lettuce
3/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 lemon, halved
fresh ground black pepper
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
garlic croutons

DIRECTIONS:
Wash romaine under cold running water. Trim core, and separate stalk into leaves; discard wilted or discolored portions. Shake leaves to remove moisture. Place romaine in a large zip-top plastic bag; chill at least 2 hours. Combine olive oil and next 4 ingredients in a jar. Cover tightly, and shake vigorously. Set aside. Cut coarse ribs from large leaves of romaine; tear leaves into bite-size pieces, and place in a large salad bowl. Pour dressing over romaine; toss gently until coated. Squeeze juice from lemon halves over salad. Grind a generous amount of pepper over salad; sprinkle with cheese. Toss, top with garlic croutons and serve.

Yield: 4 Servings

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