American Heart Association issues sugar guidelines - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/25/09

American Heart Association issues sugar guidelines

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - On average, Americans consume 22 teaspoons of sugar a day, which equals two cans of soda, and a chocolate bar.  So, for the first time, the American Heart Association is issuing guidelines on how much sugar is too much. 

They say for women that six teaspoons a day is too much, while men should have no more than nine teaspoons a day. The AHA says all the sugar you need we can get naturally in fruit. When you add it to a diet in a variety of ingredients like corn syrup, fructose, sextrose, molasses or evaporated cane juice then, you increase your risk of high blood pressure, high triglyceride levels and other risk factors for heart disease and stroke. 

The AHA says soft drinks are the biggest culprits, followed by candy, cakes cookies and pies. 

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