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Consumption of added sugar linked to death from cardiovascular disease

06 February, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Researchers have used national health survey data to examine added sugar consumption as a percentage of daily calories and to estimate association between consumption and cardiovascular disease (CVD).

A new study by Quanhe Yang , Ph.D., of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, and colleagues indicate that the average percentage of daily calories from added sugar increased from 15.7 percent in 1988-1994 to 16.8 percent in 1999 to 2004 and decreased to 14.9 percent in 2005-2010.

Major sources of added sugar in Americans' diets are sugar-sweetened beverages, grain-based desserts, fruit drinks, dairy desserts and candy. A can of regular soda contains about 35g of sugar (about 140 calories).

In 2005-2010, most adults (71.4 percent) consumed 10 percent of more of their calories from added sugar and about 10 percent of adults consumed 25 percent or more of their calories from added sugar.

The authors note the risk of death from CVD increased with a higher percentage of calories from added sugar. Regular consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (seven servings or more per week) was associated with increased risk of dying from CVD.

The authors concluded saying that their results support current recommendations to limit the intake of calories from added sugars in U.S. diets.

The study was published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

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