Tuesday, August 25, 2009

American Heart Association Guidelines For Sugar Intake


The American Heart Association has stepped up to the plate and issued new guidelines for sugar intake to help turn the tide of the obesity epidemic. This time they have have targeted one of the main culprits linked to obesity - Sugar. The AHA's new guidelines suggest that women should have no more than six teaspoons or 100 calories of added sugar and men should have no more than nine teaspoons or 150 calories of sugar.

High sugar intake is implicated as a primary factor in the obesity epidemic as well as being a significant factor in the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and high triglyceride levels. The new guidelines were provided in the recent issue of Circulation: Journal of American Heart Association. (Read the guidelines. AHA-dietary guidelines for sugar intake)

What is the primary source of added sugars in the diet? Soda, soft drinks, sugary beverages and high fructose corn syrup. One twelve ounce serving ( a can ) of soda contains about eight teaspoons of sugar. If you have one of those sixteen ounce bottles then your over the nine teaspoon limit and this doesn't factor in sugars in all other food products that are consumed. High fructose corn syrup is the sole caloric sweetener used by the beverage industry and it is known to trigger chemical responses in your body that can lead to increased consumption of foods & beverages and trigger fat deposition.(see-This Is What Is Really Making You Fat-High Fructose Corn Syrup So you can bet that Coke and Pepsi are not to happy about this news. Rest assured they will be working on a campaign to improve sales and their image. You must be conscious of what you eat because there is extra sugar, especially high fructose corn syrup, in many foods that we consume. So do yourself a favor and start reading labels. Pay attention to how much your putting into your body.

Sources:
American Heart AssociationAmerican Heart Association
Reuters

5 comments:

Tricia said...

I try to stick to less than 40 grams of sugar a day. I read that 40 g. is the max. anyone should consume in one day. How much grams did they say?

DR said...

Perhaps the days of the $5 can of Coke are upon us

The gov't loves to save us from our "sins"

TC said...

Hey Trisha. Thanks for stopping by. The recommendation for women is no more than 25 grams per day. So you may still be a bit high. Especially for a person with IBD and Fibromyalgia.

TC said...

@DR - You will most likely see $2.00 cans in the near future. $5.00 may be a bit down the road but who knows. Anything is possible.

Tricia said...

Thank you so much. I didn't notice or forgot about the link the first time. I just downloaded The Heart Associations pdf file. Thank you so much.e American