Does the amount of sugar we eat affect our long-term heart health?
Does the amount of sugar we eat affect our long-term heart health? A major study published in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that it can. Participants in this study who consumed 25 percent or more of their daily calories as added sugar were more than twice as likely to die from heart disease as those who ate less than 10 percent of their diet as sugar. Researchers found this to be true regardless of age, gender, level of physical activity, or body mass index. The American Heart Association recommends consuming less than 6–9 teaspoons of added sugar per day. If you really must eat something sweet, choose a fruit-based dessert, or better yet, plain fruit with no added sugar. “Eating too much added sugar increases the risk of dying with heart disease,” health.harvard.edu, November 30, 2016.