On a trip this month to the U.K., I noticed many of their food and beverage products labeled “No Added Sugar,” and the message floods the airwaves. Britain has already caught on to the evils of hidden sugars, and has been loudly making it known to consumers. America should follow suit.
Reducing sugar intake isn’t just about losing weight or preventing cavities. Americans’ excessive sugar consumption poses tangible health risks. An April 2014 study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found “a significant relationship” between added sugar consumption and increased risk for cardiovascular disease mortality. Those who consumed a quarter or more of their daily calories from sugar were twice as likely to die from heart disease than those with daily sugar intake of 7% or less! As a heart surgeon, these are numbers I notice.
Read more at Forbes.