11 May 2011

Leeds exhibition to host history of sugar

As part of the £180,000 three-year exhibition, Dr McCleery is running workshops looking at the bones of people who lived in the past, including some from Medieval times, in particular jaw bones, which show tooth decay.

Dr McCleery said: “Sugar is not necessarily bad for you, there’s a reason we like the taste of it, it gives us energy. For babies, it’s one of the first things they taste, because mother’s milk is sweet. There’s even an argument which says sugar fuelled the Industrial Revolution.

“One thing which is certain, however, is it does increase tooth decay and by studying old bones we can plot the introduction of sugar and correlate that with cavities precisely.”........

It isn't lack of fluoride that causes dental decay it is sugar.

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