Sugar-the average American takes in 120 pounds of sugar per year. There is no doubt sugar is addictive and causes numerous health problems but did you know sugar even boosts heart disease risk? It’s true-adults who consume high levels of sugar have significantly elevated levels of several risk factors for heart disease, according to a new study by a team of researchers at the University of California, Davis and in Japan. The American Heart Association recommends that people consume only five percent of their daily calories as added sugar, but the federal Dietary Guidelines for Americans in 2010 suggest an upper limit of 25 percent or less.
Aside from heart problems, there are now 79 million Americans with pre-diabetes and epidemic numbers with diabetes. Poor glucose regulation in many cases is to blame. If there is one food that should be limited in the diet, it’s sugar.
There are many names for sugar such as maltose, galactose, sucrose, corn syrup to name a few. The best natural alternatives for sugar include stevia, xylitol and honey.