Do Not Give This To Your Valentine

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The ingredients of the typical American meal are not heart-healthy. But one ingredient in particular endangers your heart with every bite. And with Valentine’s Day on Friday, it’s a great time to bring it up.

Every extra teaspoon of sugar you take in increases your risk of death from cardiovascular disease. In particular, regular consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (seven servings or more per week of soft drinks, fruit juice, etc.) significantly threatens your life from a heart-related malady.

A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), confirms that a daily sugar indulgence puts your heart in serious danger. Too many of us are consuming too much sugar in the form of sweetened soft drinks, cakes, cookies, fruit juices and candy.

The CDC study shows that the average percentage of daily calories from added sugar increased from 15.7 percent in 1988 to 1994 to 16.8 percent in 1999 to 2004 and decreased to 14.9 percent in 2005 to 2010.

In 2005 to 2010, most adults (71.4 percent) consumed 10 percent or more of their calories from added sugar. An alarming 10 percent of adults consumed 25 percent or more of their calories from added sugar.

The American Heart Association recommends limiting added sugar to fewer than 100 calories daily for women and 150 calories daily for men.aily for women and 150 calories daily for men.

Carl Lowe

has written about health, fitness and nutrition for a wide range of publications including Prevention Magazine, Self Magazine and Time-Life Books. The author of more than a dozen books, he has been gluten-free since 2007.

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