Have scientists been looking at heart disease from the wrong angle? The answer may be yes, according to the results of a new study.
Researchers looked at the amount of added sugar consumed in the American diet.
They found that most Americans had been consuming about 10% or more of their calories from added sugar, and 10% of the population had been consuming as much as 25%.
Those who consumed 17–21% of their calories from added sugar had a 38% increased risk of cardiovascular death compared to people who only ate 8% of their calories from added sugar. People who ate more than 21% of their daily calories from added sugar doubled their risk of cardiac death.