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Heart Health

21 April 2010

Added Sugars in Diet Threaten Heart Health

Sweeteners in processed foods account for nearly 16% of daily intake, study finds

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The study, based on interviews and measurements of 6,113 adults in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Study from 1999-2006, found a significant increase in sugar consumption -- from 10.6 percent of daily calories in 1977-78 to 15.8 percent now. The average American adult now consumes 3.2 ounces of added sugars a day -- equivalent to 21.4 teaspoons, or 359 calories, the study found.

 

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