We know that sugar is empty, nutritionally useless and completely unnecessary for health. The body makes all the glucose it needs from stored the glycogen from wholefoods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, wholegrains and legumes.
‘Added sugar’ is when added excessive additional sugar is added to foods to preserve them or to improve the flavour and taste.
What did the recent JAMA Internal Medicine study find?
- Mortality risk of those consuming 25% or more of their diet in ‘added sugars’ was double that of those consuming only 10%
- The link remained regardless of exercise levels, weight, sex or age
- Eating a healthy diet otherwise made no difference
- The mortality risk came simply from the extra sugar
Study by Harvard Medical School and New Hampshire Department of Health, as published in the JAMA Internal Medicine and reported by USA Today on June 10, 2014.