Shop around for a healthier Christmas

NO HUMBUG: Dentists say you can still enjoy a sugary Christmas. Photo credit: Pixabay

MINCE PIES, selection boxes and champagne are sure to become diet staples as the festive season gets underway, with normal health routines often taking a back seat.

The season of sugar can be seriously detrimental to oral health and constant snacking and drinking puts our teeth at risk of cavities, which could result in starting the New Year with a trip to the dentist.

A team of dentists from ‘WhiteGlo’ have put together a guide to the best Christmas food and drink hacks, to enjoy the seasons tempting treats, while still maintaining good oral health.


The great debate on where to find the best mince pies fills news feeds throughout December, but to cut down on the sweet stuff, choose all butter mince pies which contain less sugar per pie.

Chocolate and biscuit selection boxes are another essential part of getting in to the holiday spirit, but with the likes of Quality Street, Cadbury Hero’s and Chocolate Oranges containing over 58g of sugar, try opting for Ferrero Rocher or Lindt to almost half your sugar intake, down to 39g.

Ditching the chocolate biscuits in favour of festive shortbread is another way to give teeth a break, with Walker’s shortbread containing just 11.3g of sugar, compared to the 38g in Fox’s famous Christmas selection.

When it comes to the big day itself, hidden sugars in cranberry sauce and honey roast hams, not only rack up the calories, but also put teeth under attack for up to up to an hour after eating. If turkey without cranberry sauce is hard to imagine, choose Coleman’s version that is lighter on sugar per tablespoon.

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