The risk of cardiovascular disease increases significantly with higher consumption of sugar. According to research published in the journal JAMA internal medicine, individuals that consume 17% percent to 21% percent of sugar from food items such as sodas and sweets are 38% percent at risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. The risk triples with individual that exceed 21% percent.
According to Michael MacLeon, Kings County Public Health Officer, he was not very surprised by the findings of the research. He knows that there is a strong correlation between high sugar intake and cardiovascular disease. Researchers were able to find that 80% percent of adults consume more than 10% percent of sugar from their daily calories. Although this statistic is high, progress has been made.
Over the years, the sugar consumption has decreased over the years. From 1988 to 2004, the sugar consumption was reaching 16.8%. Between 2005 and 2010, the consumption rate of sugar decreased to 14.9%. The information utilizes data from national health surveys that determine how much sugar is consumed as a percentage of daily calories among adults.
The only flaw from the study was how it did not take into consideration factors such as weight, age, race, and socioeconomic status. The specific death risk rate varies from person to person since sugar affects people in different ways. In order to improve the study, MacLeon suggested studying individuals that had a similar size and body fat distribution.
According to the World Health Organization and American Heart Association, researchers recommend that less than 10% percent of sugar per day should be consumed.
MacLeon concluded that the public does not even know about the proper guidelines of sugar consumption and raising awareness would cause a backlash from the food industry.