Friday, March 10, 2023


from BMJ Medicine

Free sugars—such as sugar added to various foods or even those present in fruit juices—are by no means free, meaning there is a cost to our health. British researchers reported in BMJ Medicine that total carbohydrate consumption was not associated with cardiovascular disease, but higher free sugar consumption from sugary drinks, fruit juice and sweets did increase the risk of all types of cardiovascular disease. Over nearly a decade, they found that for each five percent increase in consumption of free sugars, risk of heart disease jumped six percent, stroke ten percent. They conclude that replacing free sugars with those naturally occurring in whole fruits and vegetables plus higher fiber intake may help protect against cardiovascular disease.