Eating Too Much Added Sugar May Be Killing You
According to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, consuming far too many calories from added sugars has been linked to a significant increase in the risk for heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, added sugar consumption should add up to no more than 100 calories for women and 150 calories for men, which is less than 10 percent of a daily diet. However, in 2010, researchers discovered that Americans have been consuming an average of 300 calories from added sugars, which is equivalent to nearly 15 percent of a daily diet. Researchers found shocking results upon reviewing data of deaths from heart disease as well as from participation in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, where an estimated 71 percent of adults consume more than recommended amounts of added sugars. In addition, researchers concluded that those who consume about 21 percent of their calories from added sugars in comparison to recommended values face double the risk of developing heart disease than their healthier counterpart. Although added sugars contribute to multiple health risks, this is another aspect in need of attention as there is no single cause for heart disease. Awareness of the risk factors associated with added sugars in our diet is crucial in avoiding the possible diet contributors that lead to poor health.
This article was provided by USA Today with contributor Nanci Hellmich. Published 4 Feb 2014.