Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Sugar intake and heart health

The American Heart Association has come out with recommendations on daily sugar intake. According to the AHA women should consume no more than six teaspoons (25 grams or 100 calories), while most men should not exceed or nine teaspoons (37.5 grams or 150 calories) of sugar every day. Currently most Americans consume over 22 teaspoons (90 grams or 355 calories) of sugar every day.

Excessive sugar intake not only contributes to obesity but to diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. Soft drinks and baked goods are key culprits in adding to sugar consumption. Just one can of soda contains 130 calories which exceeds the recommendation for women. In fact there have been many studies which correlate increased consumption of soft drinks with the increase in cases of obesity in the country.

Drastically cutting down on processed sugar consumption and increasing physical activity will show immediate benefits by way of raised energy levels. Herbs such as Gymnema and Bitter Melon are also very beneficial in increasing sugar metabolism. Gymnema in fact even suppresses the desire for sugar and also stimulates the heart.

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