We have posted several blogs to explain why sugar is a risk to your health. Today the averageAmerican consumes about 75 pounds of added sugar annually. Approximately half of that sugar comes from sweetened beverages.
The new Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend a limit on sugar. The new limit is that no more than 10 percent of a persons daily calories should come from added. sugar . This amounts to 50 grams or about 12 teaspoons for someone consuming 2,000 calories a day. The World Health Organization goes even farther and advises that getting even less than 5 percent of your daily calories from added sugar is even better.
This tough stance on sugar is in response to recent research studies. For example researchers analyzed national data from the past 20 years and found that the people who consumed the most added sugar (25 percent or more of their daily calories} were almost three times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than those consuming less than 10 percent of their daily calories from sugar.
Other studies found that sugary beverages raised LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, contributed to the epidemic of type 2 diabetes, were associated with more than 180,000 obesity related deaths worldwide each year. Furthermore a large study from Sweden reported that those who drank at least two cups of sugary beverages were 20% more likely to suffer a stroke than those who rarely drank these beverages.