Too Much Intake of Sweets Is Bad For Your Heart, Warns Study

Can a sweet tooth be linked to certain medical conditions? Absolutely! A study from the University of Surrey in England suggests that people who eat a lot of sweets are at a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

Too much consumption of sweet foods like candy, chocolates and pastries, is already strongly associated with a host of chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and other metabolic abnormalities.

Now much scientific evidence has come to light revealing that eating too much sweets can have catastrophic effects on human health.

Drinking too many sugar-sweetened beverages and eating a lot of sweets may put people at increased risk of heart disease, even if they otherwise are healthy, warns new research from the University of Surrey.

“Our findings provide new evidence that consuming high amounts of sugar can alter your fat metabolism in ways that could increase your risk of cardiovascular disease,” said University of Surrey nutrition professor Bruce Griffin, co-author of the study.

To reach their findings, professor Griffin and colleagues enrolled two groups of men- one group of men with high levels of liver fat (a condition known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD) and the other group of healthy men with a low level of liver fat.

The team fed both the groups one of two diets- a high or low sugar diet – to determine whether the amount of fat stored in their livers influences the effect of sugar on their heart health.

After 12 weeks, the researchers observed that the men with a high level of liver fat or NAFLD who ate high sugar diet altered their fat metabolism in ways that are known to increase risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attacks and strokes.

The findings reveal the men with NAFLD had substantially higher fat levels in their blood after consuming both the high and low-sugar diet.

The group of healthy men with a low level of liver fat increased their liver fat after consuming a high amount of sugar. Also, their fat metabolism became similar to that of the men with NAFLD.

“While most adults don’t consume the high levels of sugar we used in this study, some children and teenagers may reach these levels of sugar intake by over-consuming fizzy drinks and sweets. This raises concern for the future health of the younger population, especially in view of the alarmingly high prevalence of NAFLD in children and teenagers, and exponential rise of fatal liver disease in adults,” he added.

The study has been published in the journal Clinical Science.