Too much sugar in your diet equals double the risk to your heart says a new study and some suggestions on how to limit sugar in your diet.

 

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Too much sugar in your diet equals double the risk to your heart says a new study and some suggestions on how to limit sugar in your diet.

As sung in Mary Poppins ” Just a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down”, perhaps we may wish to rethink that rather catchy tune.

For years, many nutritionists have warned about the problem with too much sugar in our diet. From overly sweet cakes, chocolates, breakfast cereals, soda and even that extra amount in your morning coffee or tea, the sugar adds up. Diabetes and obesity are huge problems, but now there is a better understanding about how sugar affects the heart as well.

Moderation in ones diet is obviously important here, but as American’s begin to eat healthier foods, check the labels and crave foods with less sugar in them, perhaps, we may see a marked improvement in the publics overall health, and even in the obesity epidemic.

There are of course easy ways to limit your dietary intake of unnecessary sugar including

  • Avoiding sugar in your morning coffee or in iced tea.
  • Checking the foods we purchase to see what their sugar levels are.
  • Avoiding many fat free foods since they add sugar to make up for the lack of flavor.
  • Avoiding many soft drinks or perhaps, gravitating to ones that have lower levels of sugar. Soda stream makes a carbonation device to allow you to make soda at home. Their syrup’s advertise that the level of sugar they use for flavor is much less than for example Coke.

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High-Sugar Diet Doubles Heart Death Risk: Study

Monday, 03 Feb 2014 04:22 PM

Doctors have long thought extra sugar in a person’s diet is harmful to heart health because it promotes chronic conditions such as obesity and diabetes.

But the added sugar Americans consume as part of their daily diet can — on its own, regardless of other health problems — more than double the risk of death from heart disease, a new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found.
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The average American diet contains enough added sugar to increase the risk of heart-related death by nearly 20 percent, the researchers said.
And the risk of death from heart disease is more than doubled for the 10 percent of Americans who receive a quarter of their daily calories from sugar that’s been added to food, said CDC researcher and study lead author Quanhe Yang.
The findings were published online Feb. 3 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.
“They’re seeing that people who are moderately heavy consumers of added sugar have a heightened risk of dying of [heart] disease, and the heaviest users have the highest risk of dying of [heart] disease,” said Laura Schmidt, who wrote an accompanying journal commentary. “When you start seeing a dose-response reaction like they found, that is powerful evidence that consuming added sugar puts people at risk of death from cardiovascular disease.”
Food manufacturers add sugar to many different products to improve flavor, appearance or texture. People who eat those varied products might not be aware that they have increased their total sugar intake, because the sugar is hidden inside the food, the researchers said.
About 37 percent of the added sugar in Americans’ diets comes from sugar-sweetened beverages, the authors said. One 12-ounce can of regular soda contains 9 teaspoons of sugar (about 140 calories), Yang said — enough to put the person into a higher-risk category if they drink soda daily.

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