Added Sugar Increases Heart Risks

The consumption of large amounts of sugar could increase your risk for heart disease, according to a recent study. People who eat more added sugar are also more likely to have higher triglycerides and lower levels of protective HDL cholesterol, both of which are risk factors for heart disease.

U.S. food companies are being encouraged to make their products healthier as newly passed U.S. health reform legislation focuses on ways to prevent disease.

Reuters states that:

“The addition of sweeteners to prepared foods and beverages in recent decades has sharply increased Americans' daily intake of sugar and overall calories ...”

The American Beverage Association, however, still claims that sugar-sweetened drinks do not pose a health risk.

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