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Added Sugar In Processed Foods Boosts Risk Factors For Cardiovascular Disease

May 21, 2010: 06:53 PM EST
Consuming the added sugar found in processed foods and beverages increases triglyceride (fat) and cholesterol levels – a risk factor for cardiovascular disease – as much as eating a high-fat diet, according to new U.S. research. Researchers analyzed U.S. government nutritional data and blood lipid levels in more than 6,000 adult men and women between 1999 and 2006. Those in the various test groups who consumed an average of 46 teaspoons of added sugars a day showed the highest levels of blood fats. “Among higher consumers (10 percent added sugars) the odds of low HDL-C (“good cholesterol”) levels were 50 percent to more than 300 percent greater compared with the reference group (<5 percent="percent" added="added" sugars).="sugars)." The="The" lowest-consuming="lowest-consuming" group="group" ate="ate" only="only" about="about" three="three" teaspoons="teaspoons">
Jean A. Welsh, MPH, RN; Andrea Sharma, PhD, MPH; Jerome L. Abramson, PhD; Viola Vaccarino, MD, PhD; Cathleen Gillespie, MS; Miriam B. Vos, MD, MSPH , "Caloric Sweetener Consumption and Dyslipidemia Among US Adults", JAMA. 2010;303(15):1490-1497, May 21, 2010, © American Medical Association
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