Added sugar means added risk for your heart

WXYZPublished: December 4, 2017Updated: December 5, 2017
Published: December 4, 2017Updated: December 5, 2017

Researchers studied data collected over many years starting in 1988 through 2010. While looking at people’s eating habits, they not only found a strong link between sugar and heart disease but also discovered many American adults eat more sugar than what is recommended for a healthy diet.  According to the study, you can raise your risk of death from heart disease if your daily added sugar calories make up more than 15 percent. That’s roughly 300 calories if you’re on a 2,000 calories-a-day diet.  And to put that number into perspective, drinking one 20 oz sugary drink can easily put you over this limit. We expect to find added sugars in candy, cakes and cookies. But it’s also added to many packaged foods like soups, frankfurters, salad dressings, ketchup and whole grain bread. To help you cut back on added-sugars, here are my prescriptions:

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