Refined sugars linked to heart disease

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SWEET TOOTH: Avoid processed sugars


EATING too much sugar can cause heart disease, amongst other illnesses.

According to new research from the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), most adults are getting more sugar than the daily recommended allowance as set out by the World Health Organisation.

It is not natural sugars that are the problem; it is all the extra ‘added’ sugar, sugars that are often used in processed foods particularly sweets, fizzy and sugary fruit drinks.

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CDCP researchers found that in the past 20 years, added sugars have become an increasingly large part of our diets. Researchers found a connection between diets high in added sugars and increased incidences of heart disease. People who got 25 percent or more of their daily calories from added sugar were twice as likely to die from cardiovascular disease as those who limited their sugar intake to 10 per cent of their calorie intake or less.

“What is really interesting and important for readers to understand is they linked sugar consumption, independent of all other risk factors, to cardiovascular disease,” explained Laura Schmidt, of the University of California San Francisco (USA). 





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