Sugar and heart disease scientifically linked

For years doctors have been suggesting that too much sugar is bad. Now they can back up these ideas with scientific evidence that makes sense.

For most of us sugar-loving Westerners it’s also food for thought, for the food we eat today may have serious consequences tomorrow or in 10 or 20 years time.

Doctors have also been talking about the evils of cholesterol, a type of fat that circulates in the blood. Too much was believed to induce premature heart disease.

Now it’s been discovered that cholesterol consists of two parts, one called high-density lipoprotein cholesterol or HDL, the other is low-density lipoprotein or LDL.

HDL protects the heart from disease. LDL has the opposite effect. So the more HDL in the blood the better.

Sugar in food reduces the blood level of HDL. Over a period of time, this can increase the risk of heart and blood vessel disease, and premature heart attacks.

So eat less sugar (in all forms) and you will stay healthier for longer, proclaims Professor J. Yudkin, a world authority on sugar and its effects in the British Medical Journal.

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