No Sugar

by Charles Platkin, PhD

More Proof that Added is Not Healthy
Researchers from New Zealand’s University of Otago have uncovered evidence that sugar has a direct effect on risk factors for , and it is likely to affect blood pressure, independent of weight gain. The researchers conducted a review of all studies between 1965 and 2013 that “compared the effects of higher versus lower added sugar consumption on blood pressure and lipids (blood fats or cholesterol) — both of which are important cardiovascular risk-factors.”  The results were tabulated to determine the overall effects. “Our analysis confirmed that sugars contribute to cardiovascular risk, independent of the effect of sugars on body weight.  Although the effects of sugars on blood pressure and lipids are relatively modest, our findings support public recommendations to reduce added sugar in our diets as one of the measures which might be expected to reduce the global burden of cardiovascular diseases.”

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