Recent years have marked a major shift in attitudes toward added sugars and how they impact the health of Americans. The American Heart Association recommends a daily added sugar intake of no more than 36 grams/9 teaspoons/150 calories for men and 25 grams/6 teaspoons/100 calories for women and children (ages 2-19). Added sugars are those which are not naturally occurring. Examples of natural sugars include those found in fruits, vegetables, and milk.
According to a 2014 study published by JAMA Internal Medicine, people who consume 10% or more of their calories from added dietary sugars have a 30% increased risk for cardiovascular disease related mortality. That risk is doubled for those who consume 25% or more of their daily calories from added dietary sugars.
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Browse the resources below to catch up on the latest developments in the path against the epidemic of added sugars:
New York Times article discussing newly released historical documents which show “the sugar industry paid scientists in the 1960s to play down the link between sugar and heart disease and promote saturated fat as the culprit instead.”
The CDC’s latest findings indicate teens are drinking less soda, however this Global Stevia Institute article argues that sugar-sweetened beverages, including soda and juice, are still are a major contributor of added sugars in the diets of children and sugar substitutes, like stevia, could be useful alternatives.