Robert J. Moretta, D.D.S., F.A.G.D.

Robert J. Moretta, D.D.S., F.A.G.D. - Sea Cliff Dental
18652 Florida St #300 Huntington Beach, CA 92648

(714) 848-4247

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5 Tricks to Fight Sugar Cravings

5 Tricks to Fight Sugar Cravings

Here are simple tricks from your Huntington Beach dentist to reduce your cravings for sugar and keep both your health and weight in shape.

  1. Eat regularly:

    Eat five to six small meals during the day to reduce anxiety. Choose foods that are rich in protein and fiber to keep the body nourished. A consistent diet will keep blood sugar levels stable.
  2. Brush your teeth:

    The mentholated flavor will distract you from anxiety and will help you master cravings. In addition, regular brushing will keep your teeth decay-free.
  3. Chew on a leaf:

    Gymnema leaf extract, or gymenic acid, decreases the pleasant taste of sugar and blocks its absorption into the body. Gymenic acid has a molecular structure that resembles the one present in sugar. When you chew it, gymnema fills sugar taste receptors and prevents them from being activated by sugary substances. Gymnena also decreases the taste of saccharin, artificial sweeteners and cyclamate.
  4. Look at what's behind the anxiety:

    Pay attention to the emotions you feel when you have the need to eat sweets. That can be a determining factor when identifying the reasons that lead you to eat candy in excess.
  5. Do cravings increase during times of stress? Sadness? Loneliness?

    Your Huntington Beach dentist invites you to recognize when your sugar cravings appear, and explore healthier ways to deal with these emotions (playing sports, going for a walk, reading, etc.) Do you still have the craving? Eat a small piece of dark chocolate then. Dark chocolate -when consumed in moderation- can be a good source of antioxidants that help you lower your blood pressure. Just make sure you’re not overdoing it!

If you are interested in developing healthier oral care habits, make sure to contact our dental team in Huntington Beach and schedule your appointment with Dr. Moretta. We’ll be glad to pamper your smile! (714) 848-4247.

Location: 18652 Florida St #300, Huntington Beach, CA 92648


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