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Added Sugar Adds Risk

Being too sweet on added sugar sours your health.

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Getting too much-added sugar in your diet could significantly increase your risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. The American Heart Association suggests women and children consume less than 6 teaspoons of added sugar per day. This may seem like a lot of sugar and if you are anything like me you probably can't recall ever pouring teaspoons of sugar onto your meals. However, by comparison, a single can of regular soda contains more than 8 teaspoons of added sugars. So that one sugary beverage puts your added sugar consumption up over 30% of the daily recommended amount.

In fact, the CDC estimates the average American consumes over 19 teaspoons of sugar per day. The biggest contributor being sugary beverages such as soda, sweetened teas, and sports drinks providing almost half of the empty calories that we consume.

We need to take control of our added sugar intake by not only informing the public about the risks but also educating the consumer on what food and beverages contain high amounts. Click HERE for some tips on how you can track your added sugars and work to reduce them in your diet.

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