Research Confirms Cutting Back on Added Sugars Can Be a Successful Tool in Losing Excess Weight

FORT WASHINGTON, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Whether you’re having a backyard BBQ, pool party or beach picnic, it’s
important to be mindful of how much added sugar is in the beverages and
foods you and your guests are enjoying. On average, Americans consume a
whopping 22 teaspoons of added sugars per day—nearly three times the
lower daily limit recently recommended by the World
Health Organization (WHO)
. The WHO suggests reducing the intake of
added sugars to less than 10% of total energy intake, and that reducing
to below 5% or roughly six teaspoons or less per day would provide
additional health benefits.1 In addition, the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration
is currently considering new
regulations to include the amount of added sugars on our food labels
Excess sugar consumption has been linked to obesity in the U.S. and

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“Many consumers underestimate the amount of added sugars in the foods
and beverages they eat every day,” says Maureen Conway, MBA, MA, RD,
LDN, FAND, Director of Nutritional Affairs, McNeil Nutritionals, LLC.
“Limiting added sugars in your daily diet can be a helpful tool in
controlling calorie intake, which is important to consider for weight
management. Many studies show that excess weight gain can lead to
obesity and increase the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and other
serious health conditions, like cardiovascular disease. Low calorie
sweeteners, like SPLENDA®
No Calorie Sweetener
, are a great option to help reduce the amount
of added sugars in our diet while still satisfying sweet taste.”

An analysis of national survey data by the United
States Department of Agriculture
(USDA) shows that the average
American consumes more than double the upper daily limit of added sugar
(full analysis here).2

The American
Heart Association
(AHA) recognizes the
importance of heart-healthy meal-planning, including ways to help reduce
added sugars intake. Since 2009, the American Heart Association (AHA)
has recommended an added sugar intake of not more than six teaspoons
(100 calories) per day for women and not more than nine teaspoons (150
calories) per day for men.3

is a proud supporter of Simple
Cooking with HeartTM
from the American Heart Association, which provides tasteful, easy tips
for a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and other valuable
nutrients that are lower in sodium, cholesterol, saturated and trans
fats. Simple Cooking with Heart™ provides families with information,
cooking know-how and recipes for affordable and nutritious meals that
can be made at home. This can help Americans reduce their added sugar
intake while not sacrificing taste. Check out this infographic
for easy ideas on how to cut back on added sugars.

“Sweets are naturally liked and having a healthy diet doesn’t mean we
have to completely give up sweets,” says Conway. “However, moderation is
key. The Simple
Cooking with HeartTM
program from the American Heart
Association provides tasteful, easy tips for a diet lower in added
sugars and higher in fiber and other wholesome nutrients for healthier

Try these Simple Cooking with Heart™ recipes, from the American Heart
Association™, which are lower-sugar tasty ideas for your next party

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1 World Health Organization. (2015). WHO calls on countries
to reduce sugars intake among adults and children. Geneva, Switzerland.

2 United States Department of Agriculture. (2014). Americans
consume more than double the recommended maximum of added sugars.

3 Johnson, Rachel K., et. al. 2009, August 24. Dietary Sugars
Intake and Cardiovascular Health. A Scientific Statement from the
American Heart Association. Circulation: Journal of the American Heart


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