Pass the Sugar Please


According to a new study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention [the largest study of its kind] sugar not only makes you fat, it may be killing you. Consuming too much added sugar –– increases your risk of death from heart disease and cardiovascular disease. 

On average, Americans consume about 20% of their daily calories –– about 350 calories of a 2000 calorie daily diet –– from added sugars. One can of soda contains 140 calories of added sugar. Or 8% of  a daily diet of someone eating 2000 calories a day.

To look at trends in added sugar intake, the study reviewed data from more than 31,000 people, who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which evaluates dietary habits via in-person interviews. They found that most people [71%] consume 10% or their calories in added sugars. 

About , 3,100 of those surveyed consumed 25% of their diet in added sugar products. [re: sugar-sweetened beverages, desserts, fruit drinks, ice cream and candy of varying types].

The study revealed that consumers of high sugar content diets were far more susceptible to heart attacks, heart failure, hypertension, high blood pressure and weight issues. 

I’d venture to say, a study isn’t needed for you know that most people over consume sugar and empty calorie foods. As I’ve said in other places on my website, exercise is important to good health and longevity ––– what you eat is equally if not more important to good health and longevity! 

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