February 4th, 2014
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In recent years, sugar – more so than fat – has been receiving the bulk of the blame for our deteriorating health.

Most of us know we consume more sugar than we should. Let's be honest, it's hard not to.

The (new) bad news is that sugar does more damage to our bodies than we originally thought. It was once considered to be just another marker for an unhealthy diet and obesity. Now sugar is considered an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease, as well as many other chronic diseases, according a study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.

“Sugar has adverse health effects above any purported role as ‘empty calories’ promoting obesity,” writes Laura Schmidt, a professor of health policy in the School of Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco, in an accompanying editorial. “Too much sugar doesn’t just make us fat; it can also make us sick.”

But how much is too much? Turns out not nearly as much as you may think. As a few doctors and scientists have been screaming for a while now, a little bit of sugar goes a long way.

Read - Sugar not only makes you fat, it may make you sick

Previously:
Why your grandma swipes sugar packets
Clarified – high fructose corn syrup



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  1. Couldn't Just Leave It

    This is so misleading. It's not just the sugar that causes obesity. Consumption of sugar plus the lack of activity is what has caused obesity to become epidemic. As more and more homes acquired computers, activity levels plummeted. Now people have to make time to workout. The joke has become the norm:

    "Hey Ed! Nice riding lawn mower ya got there!" calls Bob to his neighbor.
    "Thanks Bob," replies Ed. "Can't stop to talk right now. Gotta finish cutting the lawn so I can go work out"

    February 5, 2014 at 8:02 am |

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