A Sugar Rich-Diet Increases Heart Risks

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Limiting your sugar intake not only reduces fat and calories but also reduce the risk of heart disease, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Scientists, led by Miriam Vos, MD, MSPH, Dr. Miriam Vos, a professor of pediatrics at Emory University analyzed U.S. government nutritional data and blood lipid levels in more than 6,000 adult men and women between 1999 and 2006. Each of the participants had been interviewed about what they had eaten in the 24 hours prior to the survey, and Vos' team then calculated the sugar content of these foods using government food pyramid equivalents. On average, the respondents consumed 21 teaspoons of added sugar a day (which does not include sugar from natural sources), accounting for nearly 16% of their total daily caloric intake.

They found that people who ate more added sugar were more likely to have higher risk factors for heart disease, such as higher triglycerides and lower levels of protective high-density lipoprotein or HDL cholesterol. Low HDL and high triglyceride levels are two of the primary risk factors for heart disease.

Just like eating a high-fat diet can increase your levels of triglycerides and high cholesterol, eating sugar can also affect those same lipids," Dr. Miriam Vos of Emory School of Medicine, who worked on the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, said in a statement.

It would be important for long-term health for people to start looking at how much added sugar they're getting and finding ways to reduce that," said Dr Miriam Vos, one of the authors of the study.

The American Heart Association committee warned last August that Americans need to cut back dramatically on sugar consumption, recommending that women eat no more than 100 calories per day of added processed sugar a day, or six teaspoons (25 grams), while men should keep it to just 150 calories of added processed sugar per said or nine teaspoons (37.5 grams).

It is improtant to your overall sugar intake. Sugar is bad for you because because it drains and leaches the body of precious vitamins and minerals through the demand its digestion, detoxification and elimination makes upon one's entire system. sugar also boosts your energy for a moment - but think about it - is a moment of energy or sweet flavor worth a resultant low energy backlash, and harming your heart, and shortening your life. Keep in mind that be sure to check the amount of sugars in the Nutrition Facts label.

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