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Sugar is the only cause of tooth decay

Source: MailOnline | September 16th, 2014 | By Lizzie Parry for MailOnline
Location: United Kingdom

Excerpts from this excellent article that does not mention fluoride:

Just half a can of Coca Cola will exceed daily recommended sugar levels if new guidelines – backed by experts – are introduced.

The new move would see the daily recommended sugar intake slashed to just 14g a day – the equivalent of three sugar cubes.

It comes amid calls to ban sugary foods from schools as part of a radical new plan to combat obesity.

Leading academics have said vending machines selling sweets and fizzy drinks should also be removed from public places.

They have also called for a ‘sugar tax’ to increase the retail price of sugary drinks and sugar-rich foods by at least 20 per cent.

… new research from University College London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has advised sugars in a person’s diet should make up no more than three per cent of total energy intake.

… Scientists claim the drastic step is needed to prevent soaring tooth decay and spiraling obesity levels.

They have also called for a ‘sugar tax’ to increase the retail price of sugary drinks and sugar-rich foods by at least 20 per cent.

Their findings, published in the journal BMC Public Health, analysed the effect of sugars on tooth decay – and found it was the only cause of such damage.

… ‘Only two per cent of people at all ages living in Nigeria had tooth decay when their diet contained almost no sugar, around 2g per day.

‘This is in stark contrast to the USA, where 92 per cent of adults have experienced tooth decay.’

To tackle tooth decay, the authors recommend a series of radical policy changes to reduce sugar consumption.

Co-author Professor Philip James, honorary professor of nutrition at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said: ‘Our top priority is not to allow the idea of a magic single bullet to solve the problem to be developed.

‘There now needs to be an explicit revision of population dietary goals as it relates to every aspect of government policy.

‘We need to make sure that use of fruit juices and the concept of sugar-containing treats for children are not only no longer promoted, but explicitly seen as unhelpful…

Title of article: Just HALF a can of Coke exceeds the new daily sugar guidelines backed by scientists – who recommend just three cubes a day

See also:

•• The report, published in BMC Public Health 2014, 14:863, is available to read online for free

•• Time magazine covered this story and quoted the authors:

“This means that it is now even more important to develop a radical prevention policy with a marked reduction in sugar intake since the use of fluoride on its own is insufficient to reduce substantially the burden of caries over the lifetime of individuals,” they conclude. http://fluoridealert.org/news/sugar-is-the-only-cause-of-tooth-decay-study-says/