Healthy Snacking

THE THREE STEP SNACKING GUIDE

This guide carries nutritional concerns involving the nutrient and fat content of foods, as well as the dental concerns around sugar intake.
Sugar and (to a lesser extent) starches are cavity causing carbohydrates.

Despite this carbohydrate containing foods are still part of the healthy diet as long as you follow the 3 STEP SNACKING GUIDE. Carbohydrates are essential nutrients that are parts of many Nutritious foods.

CAVITY CAUSING FOODS

It is impossible to predict just how damaging sugar and starch will be to teeth. Amount certainly is a factor but more importantly it is how often and how long sugar or starch is in the mouth, its consistency or stickiness and what it is eaten with.

Sugars include: White, brown, demerara, syrup, honey, molasses, sucrose, glucose, dextrose, fructose, lactose and maltose.

Starch or complex carbohydrates are found in breads, cereals, rice, pasta, oats, chips and crackers.

GOOD SNACKING

Raw vegetables, nuts, meat, fish, poultry and cheese.

BE CAREFUL SNACKS

Granola bars that have honey in them and tend to stick on the biting surfaces of the teeth.
Potato chips have little nutritional value and have starch in them which sticks to the teeth.

TO AVOID SNACKS

  • Dried fruits are sticky and have concentrated sugars (natural) in them.
  • Fruit roll-ups or similar snacks are low in nutrients, high in natural sugars and will stick to the teeth.
  • Fruit Juices are high in natural sugars.
    Candies, popsicles, marshmallows, coated cereals, cookies, pop, cakes and sweet baked goods.

REMEMBER THE 3 STEPS TO HEALTHY SNACKING:

1) SNACK NUTRITIOUSLY 2)LIMIT THE NUMBER OF SNACKS 3) CHANGE SNACKS REGULARLY