For years, we were told that fat causes heart attacks, and that sugar is harmless. As it turns out, sugar is the main culprit for heart attack. A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, showed that people with high sugar intake have greater risks to having a heart attack - 400% higher compared to those with lower sugar intake.
Here are the key points of the study:
1. Just one 20-ounce soda increases your risk of a heart attack by about 30 percent.
2. Your risk of heart attacks doubles if sugar makes up 20 percent of your calories.
3. Sugar-sweetened beverages like sodas, juices, sports drinks, teas and coffees are the single biggest source of sugar calories in our diet.
4. Excessive sugar intake can cause insulin resistance. It can lead to abnormal inflammation, which is the root of type 2 Diabetes.
5. Sugar is biologically addictive, eight times more addictive than cocaine.
While all these are legitimately concerning, we can’t completely eliminate sugar from our diet just like that. What can be done however, is to take it in moderation. After all, striking a balance is key to staying healthy.
For more information, you may read the full article by Dr. Mark Hyman here.
Words by CJ Lampad
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