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Increased Consumption Of Added Sugars Coincides With Weight Gain – Study

March 25, 2011: 12:00 AM EST
U.S. researchers who analyzed 27 years of survey data on added sugar intake and patterns of body weight among adults in Minnesota found a significant correlation between the two that could be linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disorders. The researchers defined added sugars as sugars and syrups added to foods during processing, preparation or at the table. They examined trends for body mass index and dietary intake of foods and beverages with added sugars by gender and by age group, finding that added sugar intake increased along with BMI levels in men and women in all age groups. The researchers acknowledged that it is not yet clear “whether the relationship between BMI and added sugar intake is due to additional calories or the added sugars, per se."
Lyn M. Steffen, Ph.D., et al., "Not So Sweet: Increased Added Sugars Intake Parallels Trends in Weight Gain", Presentation, American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, March 25, 2011, © American Heart Association
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