Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have found that people who consume more than the recommended intake of added sugar are associated with an increased risk of a coronary event.
“For the vast majority, the consumption of added sugar does not appear to be a problem with regard to what we studied, i.e. the risk of developing myocardial infarction or another serious heart disease,” Lund University nutrition researcher and associate professor Emily Sonestedt says in a media release from the university.
“But for a small number of people with a high consumption of added sugar, the picture was different. Among the 5 per cent of participants who got at least 15 per cent of their daily energy intake from sucrose, the risk of myocardial infarction increased by about a third,” she says.
The study looked at 26,000 participants and was presented in the British Journal of Nutrition.
Credit: Lund University