There's Really Nothing "Sweet" About Sugar!

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Filed Under: Heart Health, Food and Nutrition
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Although managing good cholesterol levels has stolen center stage in the media, the true culprit behind heart disease in the U.S. is sugar and other sweeteners. And we do love our sugar.

Industry estimates tell us that the average American eats 20 teaspoons of added sugar a day!

Thanks to manufacturers pouring sugar and other sweeteners into countless foods, and Americans dumping spoonfuls into cereal, coffee, and tea, these typical consumption levels are killing all of us without discrimination: young, old, rich, poor, white, black, Latino, Asian, and on and on.

Sugar generates an insulin spike, and when insulin spikes continuously, it starts to ravage the fragile, but ultra-important endothelial lining of blood vessels. If this razor-thin layer becomes damaged, all the well-known precursors of cardiovascular problems swarm to the scene and create the inflammatory mayhem that eventually leads to heart attack and stroke.

That's why this repeated sugar-insulin reaction is more damaging than saturated fat, trans fats, radiation, microbes, or pharmaceutical drugs.

The answer? Cut the sugar!

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