Thursday, April 22, 2010

Added Sugars Make Us Fatter, Lower Heart Health

Source: Health Day (Summary by NIM)

You may think you don't sweeten much - you like your coffee black and you stay away from desserts as much as possible. What most people don't realize, however, is that they get up to 16% of their daily intake of sugars from processed, packaged foods. That includes your cereals and granola bars, among other things!

According to a new study, these added sugars are threatening our heart health, lowering blood levels of HDL ("good cholesterol") and raising LDL levels (the "bad" kind) and blood triglycerides (fats). The study found a very strong link between amounts of sugar consumed and heart health - the more sugars consumed, the worse off people are.

Now this link is hardly surprising given the fact that too much of anything is bad, and we know sugars aren't great for us. What may be surprising, however, is that many people are blind to the fact that they're even consuming these sugars since they are effectively 'hidden' to us as they're tucked away in processed foods. The authors of the study found that the average American consumes about 3.2 ounces of added sugars each day. That's about 21.4 teaspoons, or 359 calories!

Find out more about what this may mean for you by reading the article called "
Added Sugars in Diet Threaten Heart Health" from Health Day (Apr. 20, 2010).