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Cutting Down on Sugar Can Lead to Better Health

Rethink Your Drink

Sugar: America’s most addictive substance.

Thirty-six percent of the added sugar Americans consume comes from liquid sugar, like that found in soda, making it the number one source of added sugar in the American diet.

Added sugar, compared to natural sugar, can significantly increase your risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol levels, obesity and more. Recommendations for sugar consumption are (at most) 36 grams of sugar a day for men and no more than 24 grams a day for women. A single can of a regular soft drink contains 38 grams of sugar, which surpasses both men’s and women’s total recommended sugar intake.

Liquid sugar comes with zero fiber, so it’s quickly released into the bloodstream, giving your body a bigger, faster dose of sugar than it can handle. If your body is consistently dealing with this type of sugar overload day in and day out, it might mean an increased risk of liver disease, heart disease and diabetes.

Instead of reaching for the carbonated beverage, try replacing soda with naturally flavored water or sparkling water and reach for a piece of fresh fruit or natural honey for sweeteners.

Cutting sugar from your diet reduces your chances for serious health problems such as kidney disease and obesity, plus you might even find a new favorite choice in the beverage aisle.