The heart – arguably one of the most hard-working organs of the body. The heart is a muscle that works non-stop from the time you are in the womb until the day you die. The heart muscle requires its own blood supply to keep it going strong – blood which supplies oxygen and nutrients to the muscle and removes waste products. When the blood supply is interrupted, the heart cannot function and that area of the muscle that is supplied by the clogged artery is damaged – a heart attack.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is currently the leading cause of death in the U.S. for both men and women. The widely accepted key risk factors for heart disease are high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, overweight and obesity, poor diet, physical inactivity, and excessive alcohol use. Dietary fat and cholesterol, including eggs, was thought to be the main contributing factor in causing clogged arteries. Not anymore. Newer information implicates sugar as a more significant cause of heart disease. In a study published in the April 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), it was concluded that:
“…most US adults consume more added sugar than is recommended for a healthy diet. A higher percentage of calories from added sugar is associated with significantly increased risk of CVD [cardiovascular disease] mortality. In addition, regular consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with elevated CVD mortality. Our results support current recommendations to limit the intake of calories from added sugars in US diets.”