Getting too much added sugar in your diet could significantly increase your risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.
A study published in JAMA shows that the risk of heart disease was double for those who consumed 21 percent or more of their calories from added sugar as they cause obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
38 percent high risk of dying from cardiovascular disease was observed when 17 to 21 percent of calories from added sugar compared to those who consumed 8 percent of their calories from added sugar.
Added sugars are sugars and syrups that are added to foods like fruit drinks, sugar sweetened beverages, candy, ready to eat cereals during processing.
Sugar-sweetened beverages are the largest source of added sugars in the American diet. They should be limited to 36 ounces or 450 calories a week, Rachel K. Johnson, chair of the American Heart Association's nutrition committee said.
She added, "Reducing or cutting out soda, fruit, sports and energy drinks as well as enhanced waters, sweetened teas and sugary coffee drinks can go a long way toward that goal."