How does too much sugar affect your heart?

When you eat excess sugar, the extra insulin in your bloodstream can affect your arteries all over your body. It causes their walls to get inflamed, grow thicker than normal and more stiff, this stresses your heart and damages it over time. This can lead to heart disease, like heart failure, heart attacks, and strokes.

What is the difference between sugar and added sugar?

There’s a big difference between natural and added sugars. Natural sugars are naturally occurring in whole foods like fruit that come with added health benefits like fiber and antioxidants. Added sugars are added during the processing of packaged foods and do not provide any nutrients (besides calories).

Is added sugar worse than natural sugar?

Foods containing natural sugars offer nutrients that keep your body healthy, provide fast yet stable energy, and keep your metabolism stable. Fruits, for instance, offer essential nutrients such as potassium, vitamin C and folate. Added sugars, on the other hand, are harmful in large quantities.

WHAT DOES added sugar do to your body?

“The effects of added sugar intake — higher blood pressure, inflammation, weight gain, diabetes, and fatty liver disease — are all linked to an increased risk for heart attack and stroke,” says Dr. Hu.