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Research on the effects of sugar shows that even if eating sweet snacks doesn’t make you gain weight, it warps your heart function and harms the capacity of your cardiovascular system.
A review of studies performed at the University of Otago in New Zealand has uncovered a range of data that shows sugar increases your blood pressure. It also leads to a harmful cholesterol imbalance.
“Our analysis confirmed that sugars contribute to cardiovascular risk, independent of the effect of sugars on body weight,” says researcher Lisa Te Morenga. “Although the effects of sugars on blood pressure and lipids are relatively modest, our findings support public health recommendations to reduce added sugar in our diets as one of the measures which might be expected to reduce the global burden of cardiovascular diseases.”
According to Te Morenga, the only studies that show sugar doesn’t hurt the heart are those founded by food companies trying to show that sugar is safe to eat.
In going over the studies of sugar, Te Morenga found that when the sugar industry funded research, the experiments were slanted to downplay sugar’s effects: “… by excluding the trials funded by the food/sugar industry, we found larger effects of sugar on lipids and blood pressure.”