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Study Claims Added Sugars Could Worsen Heart Risks

April 21, 2010: 11:04 PM EST
Extra sugars in ready-to-eat and processed foods don't just make people fatter but also increase the risk of heart diseases by cutting good cholesterol levels and raising the amount of potentially harmful triglycerides, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Its findings suggest the average American adult consumes 21.4 teaspoons of added sugars, or 359 calories, daily. Researchers measured the calorie consumption from added-sugar of 6,113 adults from 1999 to 2006 and found an upsurge to 15.8 percent of calorie intake presently, up from 10.6 percent in 1977 to 1978.
Jean A. Welsh, MPH, RN; Andrea Sharma, PhD, MPH; Jerome L. Abramson, PhD; Viola Vaccarino, MD, PhD; Cathleen Gillespie, MS; Miriam B. Vos, MD, MSPH , "Caloric Sweetener Consumption and Dyslipidemia Among US Adults", Journal of the American Medical Association, April 21, 2010, © American Medical Association
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