Kraus Back and Neck Institute in Houston, TX

Relief from Lower Back and Neck Pain

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      At the Kraus Back and Neck Institute (KBNI), we specialize
                 in non-surgical as well as surgical treatments
                                of Back and Neck  Pain
     Conservative to Surgical Options: MINIMALLY INVASIVE SPINE SUGERY 
 "Applying Science to the Art of Medicine"                                                  
                 Dr. Kraus is available for Neurosurgery consultation (surgical and non-surgical) in Houston.
                      Offices:  1) West Houston Medical Center
                                    2) Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital
                                    3) Katy
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                                            Dr. Kraus is honored to be listed in
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                                             "Top Doctors of Houston, Texas" (2007, 2008, 2009)     

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Smart Eating Series




Everyone has a natural fondness for sweets. In fact, the average American consumes about 133 pounds of sugar a year, or more than 1/2 cup every day. Health conscious eaters know that sweets should be an occasional treat, rather than part of a daily diet. Experts, like Registered Dietitians (RD), recommend that no more than 10 - 15 % of your total calories come from foods containing sugar.


Your Diet Is Related To Your Dental Health.


Foods containing large amounts of sugar combine with germs in your mouth to produce acids. These acids attack your teeth and cause dental problems like cavities. Foods like these produce acid:


            cookies            candy               jams and jellies                       pie

            gum                 mints                honey and syrups                    soda pop


Control Your Treats


Sugars hidden in foods account for 75% of the annual sugar intake. Use the chart below to learn how much sugar is in some common foods.




1 can of soda pop (12oz)

fruit drink (6 oz)

1/2 cup pudding

unfrosted cake (1/12) cake

1 chocolate bar

Toaster pastry


Captain Crunch

Frosted Flakes

    Teaspoons Of Sugar Per Cup












Limit sweets to special occasions or meal time to reduce your risk of dental problems and for better health.  Sugar is high in calories but has few nutrients and if eaten in large amounts, can cut into your intake of nutritious foods. Many of the new fat-free products coming on the market are actually higher in sweeteners because sugar is used to give the "mouth feel" of fat.


Healthy Holiday Alternatives To High Sugar Foods


Get in the habit of serving fruit, preferably fresh fruit, for desserts. Offer healthier snacks like air-popped corn, pretzels, fat-free tortilla chips with salsa and sliced fruit and vegetables with yogurt based dips. When children expect a holiday treat offer party favors, stickers, sugarfree candy or gum and wrapped low fat cheeses, like string cheese. Sugar can be reduced in many of your favorite holiday recipes. The amount of sugar can be reduced by 1/2 to 1/3 or you can sweeten with sugar substitutes or fruit purees.


If you want to control your sugar intake make an appointment with our dietitian. They can help you develop a personalized nutrition program to help you achieve your health goals.





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