In an article published in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal, they concluded that a diet high in sugar increases your risk of dying from heart disease even without being overweight. The Harvard Letter states, “Over the course of the 15-year study, participants who took in 25% or more of their daily calories as sugar were more than twice as likely to die from heart disease as those whose diets included less than 10% added sugar. Overall, the odds of dying from heart disease rose in tandem with the percentage of sugar in the diet—and that was true regardless of a person’s age, sex, physical activity level, and body-mass index (a measure of weight).” This is pretty astounding research. The overconsumption of sugar is a major problem for many people. Certainly, risks like this, should be a wake up call.
The research concludes with, “Most US adults consume more added sugar than is recommended for a healthy diet. We observed a significant relationship between added sugar consumption and increased risk for CVD mortality.”