High intake of added sugars implicated in numerous poor health conditions
By James Limbach, ConsumerAffairs.comThat's advice from the American Heart Association, which recommends limiting the consumption of added sugars and is providing information about the relationship between excess sugar intake and metabolic abnormalities, adverse health conditions and shortfalls in essential nutrients.
A new scientific statement, published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, for the first time, provides the association's recommendations on specific levels and limits on the consumption of added sugars.
Added sugars are sugars and syrups added to foods during processing or preparation and sugars and syrups added at the table. High intake of added sugars, as opposed to naturally occurring sugars, is implicated in the rise in obesity. It's also associated with increased risks for high blood pressure, high triglyceride levels, other risk factors for heart disease and stroke, and inflammation (a marker for heart disease), according to the statement's lead author Rachel K. Johnson, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., associate provost and professor of nutrition at the University of Vermont in Burlington.
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