Added sugars

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Added sugars

Added sugars refer to any sort of sugar or syrup that is added to foods or beverages during processing or preparation. Types: This comprises table sugar, high fructose corn syrup, molasses, honey, and other sweeteners added to a product to enhance its sweetness. Natural vs. Added sugars: While many foods, such as fruit and milk, contain sugar naturally, added sugars are a key source of excess calories in the ordinary diet.

Adverse health effects of added sugars

Overview: Consuming an excessive amount of added sugar has been associated with a number of adverse health effects. Specific effects: Including weight gain, dental decay, insulin resistance, and an increased risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and several types of cancer. Triglyceride levels: The excessive use of added sugars is also connected with elevated triglyceride levels, which may contribute to fatty liver disease and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

Daily recommended amount of added sugars

Recommendation: The American Heart Association recommends that women consume no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar per day, or approximately 25 grams, and men consume no more than 9 teaspoons per day, or about 36 grams. Reality: However, the average American consumes 17 teaspoons, or 71 grams, of added sugars daily.

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