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Eggs Don’t Cause Heart Attacks — Sugar Does

Alarmingly, a can of soda raises your risk of heart attack far more than your breakfast omelet. Bad advice has steered us away from fat and right into a head-on collision with sugar. And sugar has killed too many of us.

Take steps now to ignore a half-century of dietary misdirection.

A recent study of 40,000 people investigated all potential risk factors for heart attack and found that those with the highest sugar intake were 400% more likely to have an attack. Most people don’t recognize how much sugar they ingest daily. U.S. Dietary Guidelines, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Institute of Medicine have all been incredibly remiss in informing Americans of the health threat. Consider the facts:

·      Heart attack risk doubles if sugar comprises 20% of your calories. Inexplicably, the Institute of Medicine recommends no more than 25% of calories should be sugar.

·      U. S. Dietary Guidelines set forth no limit for added sugar.

·      The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies sugar as “generally regarded as safe” (GRAS). This allows the food industry to add unlimited amounts of sugar to our food.

·      Only the American Heart Association recommends that American diets contain 5 to 7.5% sugar. Unfortunately, 70% of Americans obtain 10% of their calories from sugar.

Soda, coffees, juices, and sports drinks are killing us and stealing years from countless children and teens. If you struggle with obesity, type-2 diabetes, cancer, dementia, or liver failure, you struggle with sugar. Research shows that sugar causes insulin resistance and heart attack-inducing inflammation. This is not the case with fats like omega-3 fats, nuts, and olive oil.

Curing our sugar addiction must become a priority.

The American population will have to push back against the idea that fat causes heart disease and accept that sugar is deadly. Key interventions include the following strategies:

·      Respond to the research! Public health officials must devise solutions. Taxes, bans, and restricted access to children have proven effective in other countries.

·      Label food appropriately. Make food risks apparent.

·      Revamp national dietary guidelines. Develop  programs to help people understand sugar risks.

Read the full article here: Eggs Don’t Cause Heart Attacks — Sugar Does | Dr. Mark Hyman