How Added Sugar Can Impact Your Health


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After recently celebrating a milestone birthday with family members and friends, you vow to begin a journey to better health. You want to be around to see your kids marry and your future grandchildren come into the world. To accomplish your goals, you’re launching a new, diet plan. If you can relate to this scenario, considering how added sugar can impact your health is crucial.

Both natural and added sugars are simple carbohydrates your body utilizes for fuel. Real, healthy foods such as vegetables, fruits, and dairy products contain natural sugar. Added sugar is incorporated into processed foods like:

  • Sodas
  • Cookies
  • Candy
  • Salad dressings
  • Barbecue sauces

Regularly eating foods containing added sugar contributes to poor nutrition overall. When you fill up on sugar laden, processed products, you’re more likely to skip eating nutritious offerings packed with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. Filling your plate with foods containing added sugar can also lead to weight gain.

How Much Added Sugar Is Too Much?

Becoming overweight increases your risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Elevated triglyceride levels are also associated with too much added sugar in your diet. Increased triglyceride levels can raise your risk for heart disease. Consuming excessive, added sugar can also contribute to tooth decay. Due to the devastating effects of consuming added sugar, you might wonder how much is too much.

The Department of Health and Human Resources, HHS, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA, released the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans in January of 2016. These guidelines recommend that both men and women derive fewer than 10 percent of their daily caloric intake from added sugar. The American Heart Association takes an even stricter approach. This organization recommends most men should consume no greater than 150 calories each day from added sugar. Most women are advised to consume no more than 100 calories daily from added sugar.

If you need help reducing the amount of added sugar in your diet, consider scheduling an appointment with a representative at a Metabolic Research Center in your area.

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