Too many sweets can harm your heart, even if you aren't overweight. The American Heart Association recommends getting less than 100 calories a day (about 6 teaspoons) of sugar for women, and less than 150 for men. To satisfy your sweet tooth, focus on natural foods like fresh fruit, which provide fiber, vitamins, and nutrients.
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