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Diet heavy on sugar may raise your risk of dying of heart disease >>

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.

  1. Exactly how excess sugar might harm the heart is not clear. Earlier research has shown that drinking sugar-sweetened beverages can raise blood pressure. 
  2. A high-sugar diet may also stimulate the liver to dump more detrimental fats into the bloodstream. 
  3. 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.