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Higher sugar intake linked to raised risk of cardiovascular mortality, study finds

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 05 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1352
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Higher consumption of added sugar is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular mortality, a new US study has shown.1

The researchers evaluated data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a series of cross sectional surveys that include physical examinations and interview of participants concerning 24 hour dietary recall and a related linked mortality cohort of a nationally representative sample of US adults.

Quanhe Yang of the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, was the lead author of the paper, which was published on 3 February by JAMA Internal Medicine.

The researchers found that added sugar—such as sugar found in baked goods, processed and prepared foods, and sweetened beverages—accounted for more than 10% of the energy intake of …

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