Eating Too Many Sweets
Diets that are high in added sugars have been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, and sweetened drinks like soda and juice are some of the worst culprits. Research shows that consuming too much sugar increases the calorie-storing triglycerides in the body. High levels of triglycerides are a risk factor for heart disease and diabetes. High-sugar diets are associated with weight gain, high blood pressure, inflammation, and high cholesterol, all of which contribute to heart disease. It’s important to remember that sugar isn’t inherently bad. Our bodies can’t survive without sugar as an energy source. Natural sugars like those found naturally in fruit, vegetables, and milk are important for our bodies to function. These foods are also a source of other important nutrients.
Added sugars like those found in cakes, candy, and soft drinks don’t have those benefits. And this applies to added sugars with better reputations, such as honey and agave. Added sugar is added sugar, no matter the source. Cutting down on added sugar could help reduce your heart disease risk. The American Heart Association recommends that adults consume no more than three tablespoons (150 calories) of added sugar each day. Ditch the sugary drinks and reduce processed sugar consumption every day.