Most of us know sugar isn’t the healthiest food item, but the risks go way beyond a sugar crash or a cavity. Consumption of added sugars has been implicated in increased risk of a variety of chronic diseases including obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) as well as cognitive decline.

Many people consume more sugar than they realize. It’s important to be aware of how much sugar you consume because our bodies don’t need sugar to function properly. Added sugars contribute zero nutrients but many added calories that can lead to extra pounds or even obesity, thereby reducing heart health.

Please visit this link from the American Heart Association for a thorough understanding of the emerging research behind sugar consumption:

Added Sugars Consumption and Chronic Disease Risk Factors