Sugar triples CV risk

Scientists in the US have found a relevant association between the proportion of daily calories supplied by sugar-laden foods and heart disease death rates.

The researchers specifically focused on added sugar in the diet – that is, sugar added in the processing or preparing of food, rather than natural sources.

One sugar-sweetened beverage a day is enough to increase the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease (CVD). 

For people obtaining a quarter of their calories from added sugar, the risk tripled compared with those whose sugar contribution was less than 10%.

Sugar consumption in the top fifth of the range studied doubled the likelihood of death from heart disease.

Dietary guidelines from the World Health Organization recommend that added sugar should make up less than 10% of total calorie intake.

A single can of fizzy drink can contain 35g of sugar, providing 140 calories.

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