American Heart Assoc. Outs Sugar

NPR Health Blog 8/25/09:  Sugar Elbows On To Heart Health Hit List

” … [highest increase of calories is in] sugar-sweetened beverages. So the American Heart Association suggests you drop the sugary sodas right off the bat. As it points out, a 12-ounce can of regular cola has about 8 teaspoons of added sugar…”   “Right now, the average American consumes a little over 22 teaspoons of added sugar a day”.

AHA recommendations: women, 6 tsp or less;  men,  9 tsp.

Yep,  that’s including ALL added sugars in drinks and food, like that frozen waffle,  double choc chip muffin.  STEP AWAY from the caramel mocha latte, mister! [how much high-fructose corn syrup is in that frothy concoction?!]

Provocative idea: sugar taxes that would raise prices for sweet foods as a way to fight obesity.

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