By Karin McCay| email
Edited by Kristin Beerman | email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – If you're watching your cholesterol levels, you know you're cheating if you splurge and eat a big steak and cheesy potatoes, but a new study at Emory University adds a red flag to a surprising meal, cereals and juice. After following the diet of 6,000 Americans, the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association says we should know that hidden sugars and sweeteners added in foods and beverages are significantly contributing to higher cholesterol levels.
"One of the things that this study was really helpful to show is that the amount of added sugar, as it increases, the triglycerides go up and the HDL goes down," said Miriam B. Vos, M.D., with Emory University.
Again, the study says a lot of this is hidden sugar in what we buy. Two bowls of similar cereals and each has two servings. One has six teaspoons of added sugar, while the one has just two. One tip from the Emory researchers is to read the label. Check for words like "high fructose corn syrup" in the ingredients because that's loaded with sugar.
"If we are concerned about heart disease risk then we also need to be paying attention to the amount of caloric sweeteners and added sugars in the foods we eat," said Jean Welsh, R.N., with Emory University. "The highest consuming group consumed an average of 46 teaspoons of sugar or added sugars."
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