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Did you know brushing after a meal can curb sugar cravings? Sweet!

Published on:27 August 2021, 07:00am IST
If you experience sugar cravings right after every meal, then we have a great solution for you. Here’s all that you need to know.
Nikita Bhardwaj
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Undoubtedly, post-meal sugar cravings are common among most people. What about you? Well, if you’re too tired of pleading with them to go away, there is a super neat trick that can help you out. All you need to do is brush your teeth within 15 minutes of having a meal. 

Hell no, we aren’t kidding. Here’s proof.

“Yes, it is true that brushing your teeth after a meal can help you manage your sugar cravings. In fact, gargling can help you as well,” says Shweta Sawant, senior dietitian at Apollo Spectra, Mumbai. 

Told ya!

Here’s how brushing your teeth can help keep your sugar cravings at bay

There are several ways to beat those sugar cravings. For instance, it could be drinking a glass of water that will make you full or eating a high-fibre or a high-protein diet. But, do you know that we also have one foolproof tip for you to manage those notorious sugar cravings?

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Sugar is not just responsible for weight gain, but also causes mental distress. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Without a second thought, you need to run to the bathroom after every meal, grab the brush and brush your teeth to avoid falling prey to sugar cravings.  

“Don’t forget to use strong-flavored toothpaste. For example, a paste loaded with mint will clean your mouth, germs and bacteria will disappear along with the cravings,” suggests Ms Sawant. 

She added, “This is so, because the flavour of the toothpaste will be there in the mouth for a long time, and can clash with other flavours. So, you will have to wait till that taste of toothpaste goes away. By the time it goes away, you may have successfully dealt with your cravings. Your mind will change, and you may have done something to overcome the craving that is working out or drinking water. So, just rush to brush.”

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Brush after every meal! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Another thing is that when you brush, your brain tends to think that the meal time is over, and this is it. Sometimes, when you brush after a meal and then have sugar cravings, you will also be able to avoid eating anything, as we tend to get lazy to brush our teeth again.

Too much sugar can be dangerous for your oral health too

Well, it is a no-brainer that sugar cravings can wreak havoc on your oral health. Sugar-laden foods can cause wear-and-tear of the teeth, as they can lead to acid production, and thus your teeth can erode and even decay. Moreover, too much sugar can provide an ideal environment for the bacteria to thrive, as that will destroy the tooth’s enamel. This can further lead to cavities in the affected tooth.

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Brushing your teeth twice a day is non-negotiable. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

You will be shocked to know that sugar cravings can raise your risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, higher blood pressure, inflammation, obesity, and fatty liver disease. Too much sugar causes glucose levels to spike and your energy levels will plummet after some time, and you may feel tired.

The bottom line is that if sugar is wrecking all your plans of staying fit and in shape, then now you know what you have to do. So go for it!

Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.