Does it surprise you to know the medical and alternative therapy practitioners have known for a long time sugar promotes a long laundry list of chronic diseases? Now cardiovascular disease is added to this list.
Looks like sugar research is back in the news. This is not the first time. In 2003 the World Health Organization (WHO) published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) recommending “added sugar” be limited to 10% of a person's caloric intake. Joining the CMAJ was the report Joint WHO/FAO Expert Consultation on Diet, Nutrition and the Prevention of Chronic Diseases who said the report is scientifically valid and that its 10% limit is virtually the same as the recommendation in the US Food Guide.
Does it surprise you to know the CMAJ article was titled Sugar industry sour on WHO report which stated the US Sugar Association wants Congress to reconsider its funding of the World Health Organization? In 2003 National Public Radio (NPR) reported the US Sugar Association who provides funding to the WHO will pull their funding if the recommendation is changed.
Fast forward to this week 2014.
USA Today reported the new research published in JAMA this week stated "The risk of cardiovascular disease death increases exponentially as you increase your consumption of added sugar," says the study's lead author, Quanhe Yang, a senior scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is a landmark study because it is the first study using a nationally representative sample to look at the total amount of added sugar and the association to cardiovascular disease death.
This time the American Beverage Association weights in with this statement: "This is an observational study which cannot and does not show that cardiovascular disease is caused by drinking sugar-sweetened beverages." Really?
Good news. It looks like the WHO will not be bully-ed any longer. They are considering changing their recommendation to the 10% consumption. We'll see.
In the meantime, the message is pretty clear to reduce your risk of dieing of a heart attack slow down on those tasty deserts, and all those added sugars. Now you know what can you do to reduce your sugar consumption take baby steps. It won't be easy. Start with this article published in the Huffington Post for guidance 10 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Sugar Consumption.
Your partner in heath,
Cindy Cohen RN, BS BA
Certified Health Coach