Added Sugars Add to Disease such Heart Attack and Diabetes

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A new study coming out from Emory University in Atlanta reveals that eating food items with added sugar could lead to health issues such as stroke, weight gain, diabetes and excels the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

The results of a study conducted on over 6,000 adults, who were part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 1999 to 2006 explains that added sugars add to unhealthy blood fats.

Added sugar is the caloric sweetener found in processed food. This may include certain cereals, juice, sugar-sweetened beverages and sweet treats. Researchers report that 15 percent of American caloric intake is from added sugars.

The findings of this latest research now link it to unhealthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Americans who eat foods containing higher levels of sugar had the lowest HDL, or good cholesterol, and the highest blood triglyceride levels.

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"Just like eating a high-fat diet can increase your levels of triglycerides and high cholesterol, eating sugar can also affect those same lipids," Dr. Miriam Vos who worked on the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The study adds to pressure on U.S. food companies to make their foods healthier as U.S. health reform legislation shifts the nation's focus on ways to prevent, rather than simply treat disease.

A report by the influential Institute of Medicine released on Tuesday recommended that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration start to regulate sodium intake in foods. In addition, several states, including New York and California, have weighed a tax on sweetened soft drinks to defray the cost of treating obesity-related diseases.

The highest-consuming group ate an average of 46 teaspoons of added sugar per day, while the lowest-consuming group ate an average of only about 3 teaspoons daily.

"It would be important for long-term health for people to start looking at how much added sugar they're getting and finding ways to reduce that," Vos said in a statement.

Too much sugar not only contributes to obesity, but also is a key culprit in diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, according to the American Heart Association.

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