We know that if you reduce how much fat you eat then you can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. We also know that high intake of added sugars is linked to many health conditions, including obesity, high blood pressure and other risk factors for heart disease and stroke. Now there is a study by researchers at Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that takes a close look at the association between added sugars and cholesterol in adults.
Here are the results from the study-
-Participants consumed an average of 21.4 teaspoons of added sugars a day, or more than 320 calories a day. About 16% of participants' total daily caloric intake was from added sugars compared with 11% in 1977-78.
-People with the higher intakes of added sugars were more likely to have lower levels of HDL (good) cholesterol and higher levels of triglycerides (blood fats).
According to the American Heart Association, most women should consume no more than 100 calories (6 1/2 teaspoons) a day from added sugars and men should consume no more than 150 calories (9 1/2 teaspoons) a day from added sugars.
Added sugars included table sugar, brown sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, molasses, brown rice syrup, agave syrup and other caloric sweeteners in prepared and processed foods such as soft drinks, iced tea, candy, pastries, cookies and canned fruits.
What is the one thing you can do to reduce added sugar in your diet? Eliminate the number 1 source of added sugars- sugar-sweetened beverages such as soft drinks, lemonade and sweetened tea.