HEART FACTS #1

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This week, I am dedicating every post to educating you about how to keep your heart healthy and strong!

SUGAR! Cut it out! (Or at least be conscious of your daily intake.)

Consuming more energy in the form of sugar can increase body fat. And, because of its chemically active nature, more body fat increases cardiovascular disease risk.

According to the American Heart Association, women should consume less than 100 calories of added sugar per day (about 6 teaspoons).

To put that in perspective, a 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola contains about 10 teaspoons of sugar, so having even one a day would put us over the daily limit.

ALTERNATIVES?

Water! Water! Water! You just have to get used to it.
You can also mix a little fruit juice or fruit with seltzer water as a replacement.

The bottom line is that we are consuming too much sugar. It’s everywhere – sometimes obvious, most times disguised under a different name. Be aware of what you’re eating and get educated about the ingredients. We need to stop the weight gain trend that’s been happening over the past 60 years.

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