What is the role of added sugars and low-calorie sweeteners in the prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD)?

Updated: May 25, 2018
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The committee recommended that no more than 10% of calories come from added sugar. This amounts to 12 teaspoons of sugar per day. Currently, the average American takes in anywhere from 22 to 30 teaspoons daily, often in the form of juices and sugar-laden drinks.

Because the long-term effects of low-calorie sweeteners are uncertain, they are not recommended for use as the primary replacement/substitute for added sugars in foods and beverages.

In contrast, the 2009 American Heart Association recommends reductions in added sugars with an upper limit of half of the discretionary calorie allowance that can be accommodated within the appropriate energy intake level needed for a person to achieve or maintain a healthy weight based on the USDA food intake patterns. Most American women should eat or drink no more than 100 calories per day from added sugars (about 6 teaspoons), and most American men should eat or drink no more than 150 calories per day from added sugars (about 9 teaspoons). [10]


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