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Added Sugar & Heart Disease

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1 in every 4 deaths in the U.S. is from heart disease

According to CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. One person dies every 36 seconds in the U.S. from cardiovascular disease. 1 in every 4 deaths in the U.S. is from heart disease. The condition of your cardiovascular system is to a large extent determined by your lifestyle, including diet. Excessive sugar, salt, and saturated fat are associated with heart disease.

What is daily limit?

According to the American Heart Association, the recommended daily added sugar amount is as follows:

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“Tea products” can contain as much sugar as soda

Tea is considered healthy, but many “tea products,” including ready-to-drink bottled teas, latte,s and smoothies available at cafes/restaurants, contain so much sugar. Let’s take a look at how much sugar is in bottled tea products, matcha latte mix products, and soda products:

(*Daily recommendation by the American Heart Association)

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More sugar, higher mortality from cardiovascular disease

Added sugar is not just about total calorie intake. Added sugar actually increases the risk of dying from heart disease. Over the course of a 15-year study, people who got 17% to 21% of their calories from added sugar had a 38% higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease compared with those who consumed 8% of their calories as added sugar. Regardless of their healthy eating index scores, people who ate more sugar still had higher cardiovascular mortality.*

The effects of added sugar intake include higher blood pressure, inflammation, weight gain, diabetes, and fatty liver disease. And all of them are linked to an increased risk for heart attack and stroke, according to Dr. Frank Hu, professor of nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Some of the bottled tea products and matcha latte mix products contain as much sugar as soda products. And they may be purposefully made sweet. Why does the Food Industry keep making such sweet products? Because our brain sees sugar as a reward, which makes us keep wanting more of it.** The Processed Food Industry says they are “responsible not only to consumers but also to shareholders.”***

Grow sensitivity to sweetness

Sensitivity to sweetness is something you can rebuild by consciously limiting sugar intake in your diet. Just switching “sweet” drinks to plain tea for a while and notice the change in your plate. Why don’t we start to take control of our own palate rather than letting big food companies manipulate our palate, and build our health, not calories?

SEI MEE TEA offers certified organic, pure teas that professional health practitioners have been recommending for over 16 years. Drink SEI MEE TEA as part of your healthy diet, and start to take control of your health!

Related article: “How to Flatten the Curve of Blood Sugar Spikes Naturally

References

*Harvard Health Blog “Eating too much added sugar increases the risk of dying with heart disease

**webmd.com “sugar addiction”

***NPR.org “How the food industry manipulates taste buds with salt sugar fat.