Sugar linked to heart disease risk

April 20, 2010 4:01:46 PM PDT
Sugars in diet are being linked to higher cholesterol levels and cardiovascular disease.

New research shows that sugars can have a similar impact on heart disease risks to a high-fat diet.

A report in the Journal of the American Medical Association looked at nutritional data and medical test results in more than 6,000 adults.

On average, those people consumed about 21 teaspoons of sugar a day.

Researchers say the added sugar can change blood lipid levels and in turn increase heart disease risk.