With Valentine's Day upon us, candy, soda pop and sweet treats are everywhere! But did you know that It doesn't take all that much extra sugar, hidden in many processed foods, to substantially raise the risk of heart disease? What's more, most Americans eat more than the safest amount. In a recent article posted on Live Well Nebraska, Rachel Johnson, head of the American Heart Association's nutrition committee and a University of Vermont nutrition professor states, "Scientists aren't certain exactly how sugar may contribute to deadly heart problems, but it has been shown to increase blood pressure and levels of unhealthy cholesterol and triglycerides; and also may increase signs of inflammation linked with heart disease,"
According to the article, previous studies have linked diets high in sugar with increased risks for non-fatal heart problems, and with obesity, which can also lead to heart trouble. But in the new study, obesity didn't explain the link between sugary diets and death. That link was found even in normal-weight people who ate lots of added sugar.
"Too much sugar does not just make us fat; it can also make us sick," said Laura Schmidt, a health policy specialist at the University of California, San Francisco. She wrote an editorial accompanying the study in Monday's JAMA Internal Medicine. To read the entire article, CLICK HERE.