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Sugar and Sugar Alternatives: The Bittersweet Truth

Friday, April 12

2 - 3:30 PM

1.5 CDE Credits – DDS, DH, DA, AUX


Sugar is in almost all foods and even medicines. Consumption of too much sugar is linked not only to tooth decay, but heart disease, diabetes and other systemic conditions. Ciphering through all the information about sugar substitutes can be overwhelming. Alternatives help us cut sugar out of the diet, but do they provide benefit or add risks? This course will provide an overview of sweeteners on the market, current evidence about sugar and sugar alternative intake and the practical application to dentistry and whole body health.

This session will enable participants to:
- Discuss sugar consumption and the impact on whole body health.
- Provide an overview of sugar alternatives currently on the market.
- Discuss current evidence on the impact of sugar substitutes and systemic health.


Lisa F. Mallonee, M.P.H., R.D.H., R.D., L.D.

Lisa F. Mallonee, MPH, RDH, RD, LD received a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene and a Master of Public Health with a coordinated degree in nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Lisa is a tenured Professor, at Texas A&M School of Dentistry. She currently serves as Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Interim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. As a dually licensed health care professional and educator, she is committed to two interconnected goals: sharing her knowledge, expertise, and passion while promoting the value of interprofessional collaboration among dental professionals within the wider health care community for greater patient/client outcomes. Conflict of Interest: None listed

Lisa F. Mallonee, M.P.H., R.D.H., R.D., L.D.
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