How Too Much Added Sugar Affects Your Health.

Stayhealthyweekly.com

Nearly 8 out of 10 adults are trying to reduce sugar in their diets.

Where does added sugar come from?

  • Almost half of the added sugar in the American diet comes from one source: sugary drinks.
  • Other sources include baked goods, candy, cereals, dairy products and desserts.

The AHA recommends limiting added sugar to 9 teaspoons (36 grams) per day for most men and 6 teaspoons (25 grams) per day for most women and children over 2.

The average adult gets about 17 teaspoons of sugar each day — almost double the limit for men and triple the limit for women!

Subtract Added Sugars

Make smart choices as part of an overall healthy eating pattern:

  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables of all colors and types.
  • Cut back on the amount of sugar you add to foods and drinks.
  • Choose mostly nutrient-dense foods instead of empty calories.
  • Replace sugary drinks with water and sugar-free options.
  • Read labels to find products with less added sugars.

Too much added sugar may put you at higher risk for:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cognitive problems, including dementia and Alzheimer’s
  • Colon cancer
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Obesity
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Retina, muscle and nerve damage

Too much added sugar may cause:

  • Cavities/tooth decay
  • Inflammation
  • Overeating
  • Increased waist size
  • Weight gain
  • Skin aging and wrinkles

Learn more at heart.org/healthyforgood

Stay Healthy Research Team

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