3070 healthy participants aged 18 to 30 years old took part in study, conducted by relevant foreign researchers. Three measurements were taken over a period of 20 years, including their food and drink intake and an assessment of their consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (e.g. soft drinks, fruit drinks). , energy drinks) and types of added sugars in food (such as sugar in cooked or processed foods).
After 25 years of follow-up throughout entire process (here I have to admire effort, perseverance and their mentality in learning and seeking knowledge from relevant researchers), participants also underwent CT scans of relevant parts (such as CT scan of heart/thorax, CT of abdominal cavity) To measure volume of fat around abdomen and heart.The results, published Monday in European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, showed that participants who consumed more sugar-sweetened beverages and added sugar to their meals had more body fat around their organs.
The authors of study explain that when we consume too much sugar, excess turns into fat and is stored. This fatty tissue, located around heart and in abdomen, releases harmful chemicals into body. ----- Our results support restriction of added sugar intake.
These findings add to evidence that excess consumption of added sugar and sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with increased body fat, and body fat is known to be associated with a higher risk of heart disease and diabetes, researchers said. . (This is really important for patients with diabetes, heart disease, and family genetic history!)
To reduce these risks, experts recommend minimizing amount of sugar we eat each day. There are many things we can do to prevent this, such as drinking water instead of sugary drinks and choosing healthier snacks instead of high-sugar foods like cakes. Read labels before eating to check amount of added sugar in foods you buy. Look for ingredients such as syrup, glucose, fructose, sucrose, and maltose. Pay attention to these ingredients and avoid or minimize your consumption of such foods in time to prevent excessive sugar intake.
Researchers note that excess sugar in diet has already become a global problem. According to them, six countries with highest per capita sales of sugary drinks are Chile, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, United States and Saudi Arabia, while growth in sugar consumption is expected in Asia, Africa and Russia, symbolizing "hidden" health of people. problems are increasing day by day, but these research results give people enough advice and appropriate preventive measures, hoping that it can improve people's health levels and health awareness.
Of course, avoiding too much "sugar" doesn't mean you can live a completely "sugar-free" life. People with a family history of heart disease or related conditions should pay more attention to this issue than normal people because "too much sugar" affects you more than normal people.