The American Heart Association has urged people to cut their added sugar intake because of evidence that it can cause the following health conditions:
- Obesity – scientists at the Medical Research Council found that eating more sugar is associated with obesity.
- Heart disease – research published in JAMA Internal Medicine investigated sugar intake and cardiovascular disease related deaths. They concluded that: “Most U.S. adults consume more added sugar than is recommended for a healthy diet. We observed a significant relationship between added sugar consumption and increased risk for CVD [cardiovascular disease] mortality.”
- Type 2 diabetes – although sugar does not directly cause diabetes, individuals who consume more sugar than average are more likely to be overweight, which is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes.
Added sugar consumption far too high
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that far too many Americans are consuming too many calories from added sugars. A report published in 2013 revealed that nearly 13 percent of adults’ total caloric intake is coming from sources such as sugar and high fructose corn syrup.