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February 3, 2014

Sugar tied to fatal heart woes; soda’s a culprit

CHICAGO (AP) — A big national study says too much sugar could be deadly, at least when it comes to fatal heart problems.

It doesn’t take that much extra sugar to substantially raise the risk and most Americans get too much.

The risk is from sugar added to soda and processed foods, not found naturally in fruits and some other foods.

Having a cinnamon roll with breakfast, a super-sized sugary soda at lunch and a scoop of ice cream after dinner would put you in the highest risk category. That means a chance of dying prematurely from heart problems that’s nearly three times greater than for people who eat only foods with little added sugar.

The study appears in today’s JAMA Internal Medicine.

 

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