The journey took a long time. Traffic, while not overly congested, was heavy enough to slow things down. Mom was irritated by his expression. The speed with which he banged his thumb on the steering wheel increased rapidly. and stronger. My mind wandered thinking about that visit to the dentist.
It was probably the first visit I can remember. I kept feeling the tooth that was bothering me with my tongue. I was in pain but it kept me busy throughout the trip. Finally we got there and I started thinking about accepting the visit.
What will happen? My mind was working overtime! Sitting in the cold dentist’s chair, the sight of the frightening looking dental instruments neatly arranged on a tray sent shivers down my spine. Suddenly the dentist was sitting next to me with gloves and a face mask. I felt like I was going to pass out.
“Please open your mouth,” he said. I could hardly move. Then I felt cold steel bite into my teeth. As he located the damaged tooth, I felt a sharp, searing pain. to fix that,” I thought to myself.
“It has to go,” said the dentist. I just nodded and told myself I had to be brave. I got an injection that surprisingly wasn’t as painful as I expected. A while later I heard the dentist say, “That’s it.”
“My bad tooth was gone. I felt nothing. What a disappointment! We are born with a sweet tooth. It’s nature’s way of teaching us to seek out sweetness as sugar is required by the body for energy will.
Carbohydrates are what our bodies are looking for, and sugar is the simplest form of it. Glucose, also known as dextrose, is a simple sugar (monosaccharide) and the most common source of chemical energy used directly by our bodies. Commonly found in fruits and honey, it is the third sweetest sugar. Fructose or levulose is the sweetest simple sugar. High fructose corn syrup is a common ingredient in processed foods used for sweetening.
Our bodies utilize fructose more slowly than glucose and sucrose, resulting in a slower rise in blood sugar, making it a better choice for diabetics. A word of warning: the liver has to convert fructose into glucose before it can be consumed, and overconsumption can lead to obesity and also type II diabetes. Sucrose is the scientific name for table sugar, those wonderful white crystals we love, and it’s the most common source of sweetness. It consists of two simple sugars
(disaccharide), glucose and fructose and has the second sweetest taste after fructose. Lactose is a compound sugar composed of glucose and galactose and is the sugar found in milk.
Most adults are “lactose intolerant”, which leads most of us to digestive problems after consuming too much dairy.