Sweets and Heart Diseases

A sweet desert is always welcomed by most of us. But some exaggerate and include too many sweets in their diets. A recent study has discovered that too much additive sugar consumed on a daily basis significantly increases the chances of developing heart diseases.

This study shows a relation between high levels of additive sugars and risk factors for hearth diseases. The risk factors are high levels of triglycerides and low levels of protective lipoproteins and good cholesterol.

In this study, 6000 adults participated and they were grouped based on certain criteria. Those criteria were the cholesterol levels and the sugar intake. The study revealed that 16% of the participants in the study get their required amount of calories from added sugar.

The study also revealed that those who consumed the most amount of sugar had a daily intake of 46 teaspoons. Those who consumed the least amount of sugar had a daily intake of 3 teaspoons.

The daily amount of processed sugar (this doesn't include the natural sugar that is found in fruits) should not be higher than 6 teaspoons for women and 9 teaspoons for men.

These studies have the purpose to prevent companies to add less or even eliminate the added sugars in their foods in order to prevent the risks of developing hearth diseases. Added sugars have been proven to be a major risk in developing obesity and related diseases, that's why some states have increased taxes on soft drinks. This will hopefully reduce the consumption of these soft drinks.

It is hoped that by increasing the taxes with only half-cent it will significantly reduce the consumption of soft drinks from 50 gallons a year to less that 40 gallons annually.

Other health problems like obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and stroke have been related to high sugar consumption. This study highlights the dangerous effects of too much sugar consumed on a daily basis.

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