Patt Morrison for April 21, 2010

Dear Sugar, you are so sweet you are giving me a tooth ache (and a heart attack)

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Sugar may be worse for your heart than previously thought.

It seems that sugar, though delicious, may increase your rate of cardiovascular disease – yes, even those heart-shaped candies. A study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that the higher the daily caloric intake attributed to added sugar of any kind, the less likely the person was to have the “good” cholesterol they need. The higher the amount of added sugar in your diet, the higher the likelihood of heart disease, higher triglycerides and lower levels of protective high-density lipoprotein or HDL cholesterol. Though the Institute of Medicine advises that added sugars should be limited to 25% of your daily intake, and the World Health Organization suggests 10%, this report finds that added sugars should be limited to no more than 150 calories – a mere 5% of your daily intake. In a world where sugars and sweeteners are added to most prepared and processed foods, how can we keep track and manage our sugar?

Guest:

Jean Welsh, researcher at Emory University; she coauthored the JAMA study on added sugars and heart disease risk factors


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