Recent tough talk by the American Heart Association (AHA) has drawn strong rebuttal from the Sugar Association and the American Beverage Association. The AHA announced recently that Americans need to dramatically cut back on the amount of sugar they consume.
According to the AHA, women should eat no more than 100 calories of added processed sugar per day, or six teaspoons (25 grams). Men should limited their consumption to 150 calories or nine teaspoons (37.5 grams).
A 2004 government survey revealed the average American consumes approximately 22 teaspoons (90 grams) or 355 calories of added sugar on a daily basis.
The Sugar Association commented they were “very disappointed” in the findings, while the American Beverage Association said they found sugar-sweetened drinks do not pose a particular health threat. Although foods with added sugar increase the amount of calories, they are not the cause of obesity or other health problems in this country according to their spokesperson.
Heart experts note no single food or food group directly leads to obesity, and therefore increased risk of heart disease, but there is a correlation between the high intake of sugar-sweetened drinks and obesity.
Findings show one 12-ounce can of regular soda pop contains approximately 130 calories, which exceeds a woman’s daily sugar allowance.
Although most people on both sides of the discussion agree that too many people are relying on sugar-filled food and drinks, the bottom line is that people who drink sugar-ladened soft drinks need to increase their activity level to allow for the extra consumption of sugar.
As we have heard for sometime, eating a balanced diet and getting proper exercise will head off obesity and heart disease as well as many other diseases.