According to researchers, your chance of dying prematurely from heart problems is nearly three times greater than for people who eat only foods with little added sugar. For someone who normally eats 2,000 calories daily, even consuming two 12-ounce cans of soda substantially increases the risk. Sodas and other sugary drinks are often the main source of added sugar. Lead author Quanhe Yang of the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention called the results sobering and said it’s the first nationally representative study to examine the issue.
Yang and colleagues analyzed national health surveys between 1988 and 2010 that included questions about people’s diets. Authors used national death data to calculate risks of dying during 15 years of follow-up. Overall, more than 30,000 American adults aged 44 on average were involved, with death data on almost 12,000 adults, including 831 who died from heart disease. Other factors known to contribute to heart problems such as smoking, inactivity and excess weight were included. As sugar intake increased, risks climbed steeply.
Most health experts agree that too much sugar isn’t healthy, but there is no universal consensus on how much is too much. The U.S government dietary guidelines issued in 2010 does not recommended a daily limit for sugar consumption but the American Heart Association is suggesting men consume no more than nine teaspoons a day. For women, the recommendation is a maximum of six teaspoons a day.
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