Excessive Sugar Doubles Your Risk of Heart Disease

Eat lots of sugar? You’ll probably die of heart disease.

Well, we’re exaggerating, but not by much. A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that has found that people whose sugar intake is about a quarter of their total daily calories have twice the risk of dying of heart disease as those with an intake of seven per cent. An even higher intake (nineteen per cent sugar) carried an even higher risk (thirty-eight per cent).

The news gets grimmer: the study took into account age, weight, and exercise, and controlled for them—so exercising a lot, or reducing your calories in other areas, won’t help.

So, what to do? Cut back soon—heart disease is the leading cause of death for Canadian men.

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