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Eating Too Much Sugar Leads to Heart Disease

Your Sweet Tooth Could Hurt Your Heart

Put that lollipop, cupcake, or chocolate-covered whatever down! I have some bad news for those of you born with a major sweet tooth. Aside from the fact that eating too much sugar leads to bigger sized jeans and more trips to the dentist, here's another con to add to the list associated with eating sugar — an increased risk of heart disease. A recent study found that those who ate an average of 46 teaspoons of added sugar each day suffered from higher risk factors that cause heart disease such as higher triglycerides and lower levels of HDL (good) cholesterol.

With so many beverages and prepared foods containing added sugars, Americans are eating way more of the white stuff than they used to. According to the American Heart Association, eating too much is contributing to a plethora of health issues including obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. Women are urged to cut back and consume no more than 100 calories of added processed sugar each day, which is equal to six teaspoons (25 grams). Do you think you exceed this amount?

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GummiBears GummiBears 7 years
I consume nowhere that amount but still the way I binge on sugar is scary. I definitely need to work on that.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
I would say the average soda has 10 teaspoons of sugar (40g), so 4.6 cans would be that 46 tsp quota. I know a lot of people who drink 1-2 sodas a day plus a lot of dietary sugar.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
I think soda is a big problem today, HUGE. When I was younger, I could finish 5-6 cans in 1 day. When I would go out to eat, I would order a soda and drink 3 glasses at one meal. I calculated it once and a can of soda has almost 1/3 c of sugar. I even took a picture: Even 8 oz of cow's milk has over a tablespoon. I use soy milk instead, it has half the sugar. I'm a huge sugar fan myself, don't get me wrong, I'll never give it up, but I've taken steps back to limit. I would rather have actual candy to satisfy my sweet tooth than milk (which doesn't satisfy that craving). Or dark chocolate.
fushaleya fushaleya 7 years
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I have a serious sweet tooth and these past six months have been dedicated to getting it under control. This just adds more fuel to my fire.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
It is really hard to avoid added sugars if you eat processed foods. It's added to everything! I had about 10 g of total sugars today, and half of that was in turkey jerky and mixed nuts.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 7 years
even honey, agave etc have sugar. it may be slightly healthier but i think those also add up to the sugar content for ones day. i hope i dont hit that total.. in the past i did, by putting tons of sugar in my coffee but now ive drastically reduced that to a few cups of coffee a week with 1 spoon of sugar per cup. but i think the daily piece of chocolate gets me lol
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
HA - Spectra, we're totally on the same page!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
That is a lot of added sugar and my guess is that if you are eating that much sugar in a day, you are probably also eating too many calories as well, which could put you at risk for the high cholesterol. So I'm not sure I totally believe this study, but it's probably a good idea to limit your sugar anyway.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
Yeah, 46 teaspoons is the equivalent of almost 6 regular sodas, so that's quite a bit. If someone consumes that much sugar in a day, the rest of their diet is probably pretty bad as well, so no wonder they have high cholestrol. If you read the actual article, the high amount of sugar leads to high cholestrol, which leads to the other diseases. So it's not like eating sugar, in and of itself, is going to cause a stroke. I have a cookie or ice cream every now and then, but I generally don't like the way I feel when I eat a large amount of white sugar anyway.
bryseana bryseana 7 years
I'm trying to quit eating refined sugar for awhile. I haven't had any sweets in two days. It feels like it's been two months. The headaches are pretty bad too. But I do feel like I have more energy.
Doudys Doudys 7 years
You must be VERY unhealthy to eat 46 teaspoons of sugar EVERY day! I am sure that eating much less leads to health problems anyway. I'll stick to my one cupcake and one brownie a week: I think it must be much less than 6 teaspoons times 7 days a week, at least I hope. I usually try to select items that are "without added sugar" and I read the food labels; if I want to sweeten something, I add honey or fructose.
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