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January 20, 2011

Excess sugar consumption - risk of heart attack!

Teenagers are fond of many tasty recipes for their daily cuisine. One among most common ingredient in their cuisine is the concentration of sugar. They are fond of too much of sugar in their diet & are most likely to face a higher heart attack risk as adults. A study found that teens who consume elevated amounts of added sugars in drinks & foods are more likely to 've poor cholesterol & triglyceride profiles which may lead to heart disease later in life.

The study also found that overweight or obese teens with the highest levels of added sugar intake had increased signs of insulin resistance - a precursor to diabetes, the journal Circulation reports. According to the American Heart Association, added sugars are caloric sweeteners added to foods or beverages in the manufacturing process or by the consumer.

The National Health & Nutrition Survey of 2,157 teenagers (aged 12 to 18) found the average daily consumption of added sugars was 119 grams (28.3 teaspoons or 476 calories), accounting for 21.4% of their total energy. According to the release report, Jean Welsh, the study author & post-doctoral fellow in paediatric nutrition at Emory University School of Medicine, said that  adolescents are eating 20% of their daily calories in sugars that provide few if any other nutrients.

"We know from previous studies the biggest contributors of added sugars to the diet are sugar-sweetened beverages such as sodas, fruit-flavored drinks & sweetened coffees & teas. This is the first study to assess the association of added sugars & the indicators of heart disease risk in adolescents", Welsh added.                                                           Interesting? Then Plz Promote!

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