Sugar not only leads to weight gain, but also can contribute directly to cardiovascular disease. Research finds people who get 25% of their daily calories from sugar nearly triple their risk of death from heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends that women get no more than 100 of their daily calories from sugar, and the World Health Organization recently lowered its recommendation to no more than 5% of calories a day.
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