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Why should I monitor my sugar intake?

Your Sugar Intake

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.

Courtesy: MedicalNewsToday
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