Did you know that “National Maple Syrup Day” is celebrated on 12/17? With the holidays in full swing, sugar is often on the menu this month as we envision stockings filled with treats, tables bearing festive cookies, pies and cakes, all designed to fill us with good cheer!
Maple syrup is also good as a glaze on savory dishes like pork tenderloin, salmon, chicken breasts, or sweet potatoes and bacon dishes. While tasty, maple syrup acts the same as sugar, but the good news is, a little goes a long way. Sugar in general releases large amounts of dopamine in the brain, which brings on feelings of pleasure and happiness. This year more than ever we encourage enjoying the little things to help us celebrate and bring joy.
Too much sugar is hard on the body, however, so make sure to enjoy it in moderation. Chronic and excessive sugar intake can cause weight gain, increase the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer, lead to fatty liver and drain your energy. When it comes to your smile, sugar feeds the oral bacteria that cause plaque, leading to tooth decay and cavities.
We encourage you to enjoy the sweet treats this holiday season brings, but be sure to consume it in moderation and brush and floss after eating. Another trick that can help your smile is eating sweets with or right after a meal to protect your teeth. Enjoy National Maple Syrup Day and take good care of your smile along the way!