According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association earlier this year, individuals who got about 20 percent of their calories from added sugar had an almost 40 percent higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease compared with those who consumed 8 percent of their calories from added sugar.
Examples of foods and beverage with added sugars include regular soda, sweet tea, fancy coffee beverages, ice cream, cakes, cookies, candy and sugary cereals. Fruits and 100 percent fruit juices do not fall into this category – their sugar occurs naturally.
According to the study, most U.S. adults consume about 22 teaspoons of added sugars a day. The American Heart Association recommends women consume no more than 6 teaspoons a day of sugar; men no more than 9 teaspoons per day.