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Sugar increases the risk of heart disease – new Swedish study

Tuesday, 25 October 2011
High sugar consumption can significantly increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, according to a new Swedish study based on an analysis of 4301 people.

The study, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, show that the persons who ate the most sugar had lower blood fats. On the other hand the blood fat content was not directly related to the  the amount of real fat a person consumed.

The results confirm that moderate amounts of alcohol are good for the heart and blood vessels.
Swedish consumption of sugar has remained relatively constant since 1980. This varies from 37 – 45 kg per person per year, according to Agriculture's statistics. The latest reading is from 2009, when the Swedes consumed a total of 40 kg of sugar and syrup per person.

However, the consumption pattern has changed. Today, the Swedish people consume less pure sugar, but much more refined products such as sweets and soft drinks. In 2009 the Swedish people had 15 kg of chocolate and confectionery per capita - an increase of 54 percent compared with 1980. During the same period the consumption tripledof soft drinks, cider and other drinks, from just 30 to 91 litres.
By Scancomark.se Team

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