Sugar Can Raise Heart Disease Risk
Here’s a new reason to avoid eating a lot of sugar: It can raise your heart disease risk, even if you’re otherwise healthy. In a study, researchers randomly gave two different 12-week diets to 12 middle-aged men with healthy livers and 11 men with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, a condition common in people with type 2 diabetes. The diets were identical except for the amount of added sugar (sugar that’s not naturally occurring in foods like fruit or milk) they contained: either 650 calories from sugar daily (very high) or 140 calories from sugar each day (about the recommended level). In both the men with and without nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, the high-sugar diet increased fat levels in the liver and blood, raising their risk for heart disease and stroke.
Source: Clinical Science, published online Oct. 4, 2017