Too much sugar from fizzy drinks, sweets and puddings could increase the chances of having a heart attack, a large US study suggests.
High doses of sugar can cause health problems
The study found that consuming a high percentage of sugar as part of your calorie intake was linked to an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Daily consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks was also linked to a higher risk of heart attack.
Sugar has been strongly linked to weight gain and obesity which increases your chance of heart disease and other serious health problems. Sugar can be found in a variety of foods including sweets, cakes, biscuits, fizzy drinks and fruit juice.
It is speculated that most children and adults in the Western world consume too much sugar in their diet.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that sugar should be less than 10% of your daily calorie intake which equates to about 70g for men and 50g for women.
Dr Quanhe Yang from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta led the research. The study was reported in the JAMA Internal Medicine.
Professor Naveed Sattar at the British Heart Foundation said there could be many health risks associated with a diet high in sugar content.
Prof Sattar said: "Of course, sugar per se is not harmful - we need it for the body's energy needs - but when consumed in excess, it will contribute to weight gain and, in turn, may accelerate heart disease.
"We have known for years about the dangers of excess saturated fat intake, an observation which led the food industry to replace unhealthy fats with presumed 'healthier' sugars in many food products.”
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