A diet consisting too much of sugar may raise your risk of
dying of heart disease even if you are not overweight. In a study, the
researchers measured the healthy eating index of participants. It depicts how
well their diets match up to dietary principles. Regardless of their healthy
eating index scores, people who ate more sugar still had higher cardiovascular
mortality. Added sugar makes up at least 10% of the calories the average person
eats in a day. 1 in every 10 people get a whopping one-quarter or more of their
calories from added sugar.
Over the course of a decade & a half long study,
participants who took in 25% or more of their daily calories as sugar were more
than twice as likely to die from heart disease as those whose diets included
less than 10% added sugar. Overall, the odds of dying from heart disease rose
in proportion to the percentage of sugar in the diet regardless of a person’s
age, sex, physical activity level, and body-mass index.
Sugar-sweetened beverages are the biggest sources of added sugar in the diet. Other important sources include ice creams, frozen yogurt, cookies, cakes, pastries,fruit drinks; and the like; candy; and ready-to-eat cereals. Added sugar is considered harmful as it leads to weight gain and cavities. Sugar leaves us with “empty calories”, calories unaccompanied by nutrients, fiber, minerals & vitamins.
- Exactly how excess sugar might harm the heart is not clear.
Earlier research has shown that drinking sugar-sweetened beverages can raise
- A high-sugar diet may also stimulate the liver to dump more detrimental
fats into the bloodstream.
- Both factors are known to boost heart disease risk.
It is recommended that women consume less than 100 calories
of added sugar per day (about 6 teaspoons) and men consume less than 150 per
day (about 9 teaspoons).To put that in perspective, a 12-ounce can of regular
soda contains about 9 teaspoons of sugar, so quaffing even one a day would put
all women and most men over the daily limit.