Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Not Sweet for Your Heart

February Heart Healthy Month, some not so sweet news!  Do you start your day with sugar in your coffee or tea?  Maybe then a cookie or two in the afternoon?  Chances are you easily exceed the 6 teaspoons of added sugar recommended daily.  Your sugar intake may put your heart at risk.

University of Colorado researchers found that when people consumed more than 42 teaspoons of added sugar a day, their blood pressure rose five points in two weeks.

"An excess of fructose (found in table sugar) causes cell damage, which may increase blood pressure," says researcher Richard Johnson, M.D.  A good start:  Sprinkle less sugar in your coffee and tea.

Try Stevia, you can buy it at Trader Joe's.  Great for coffee, oatmeal or anything else you would normally add table sugar too.  Check it out!


TheFitnessFreak said...

Since becoming Raw I have been using Agave. I have noticed it is now a crutch of mine and since there is truth in, "Too much of a good thing", I have cut back. I am relying more on dates now. I have a hard time with stevia, never really cared for the taste. I really wish I did though.

Reneé DeLano said...

I have been using Stevia for a long time now, I am so used to the taste. Thanks for visiting!

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