Sugar: Its like that good-looking, engaging, sweet friend/co-worker who acts as if he/she is your friend and has your best interest at heart, but ultimately blind-sides you by wreaking havoc on your life. That’s sugar. The Journal of the American Medical Association reported a study investigating cardiovascular disease mortality and its relation to added sugar intake. The study concluded two important things: 1) Most American adults eat more added sugar than recommended. 2) There is a significant connection between added sugar consumption and increased heart disease related deaths. How do you treat proven frenemies? Some of us are better than others at ridding ourselves of such destructive influences. But as it relates to sugar and its overall health impact, it behooves us to handle it with strength and conviction.

Added Sugar Intake and Cardiovascular Diseases Mortality Among US Adults Quanhe Yang, PhD1; Zefeng Zhang, MD, PhD1; Edward W. Gregg, PhD2; W. Dana Flanders, MD, ScD3; Robert Merritt, MA1; Frank B. Hu, MD, PhD4,5 JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(4):516-524. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.13563.-