Thursday, January 13, 2011

For Teens, Too Much Sugar Can Be A Heartbreaker : Shots - Health News Blog : NPR

Teenagers who guzzle a daily bottle of soda are probably not thinking much about their hearts as the sweet stuff runs down their throats.

Antonio Garcia re-stocks the beverages at The Corner Market in Washington, D.C., in 2010.
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Antonio Garcia re-stocks the beverages at The Corner Market in Washington, D.C., in 2010. Study author Jean Welsh says that sweetened beverages tend to be the biggest source of added sugar.

Antonio Garcia re-stocks the beverages at The Corner Market in Washington, D.C., in 2010.
Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Antonio Garcia re-stocks the beverages at The Corner Market in Washington, D.C., in 2010. Study author Jean Welsh says that sweetened beverages tend to be the biggest source of added sugar.

But a new study suggests they should be. Teens who consume lots of added sugar — usually found in sugar-sweetened beverages — risk heart problems later in life, researchers found.

This main problem is the sheer volume of sugar American teens consume: 28.3 teaspoons of added sugar a day on average. That makes up a whopping one-fifth of their daily calories, according to Jean Welsh, study author and post-doctoral fellow in pediatric nutrition at Emory University School of Medicine. It works out to an average of 476 calories a day.

 

Teens who consumed the highest percentage of their calories from added sugar had less of the "good" cholesterol compared with consumers who ate the least sugar. Another finding was that teens who consumed more added sugars also had higher levels of the "bad" cholesterol  and fats called triglycerides.

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