Latest SugarScience Research

Growing scientific evidence shows that eating too much added sugar is linked to serious diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and liver diseaseSugarScience is based on a comprehensive review of more than 8,000 scientific studies on the health impacts of sugar. The strongest research falls into the following five areas: 

Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

Liquid sugar, such as sodas, energy drinks and sports drinks, is the leading single source of sugar in the American diet. And there's growing scientific evidence that it's the most dangerous way to consume it.

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Hidden in Plain Sight

Sugar is found in 74% of packaged foods sold in supermarkets, including many savory foods or items marketed as "healthy." How can you tell whether you're eating something healthy?

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The Toxic Truth

There’s growing scientific consensus that one of the most common types of sugar, fructose, is toxic to the liver, just like alcohol.

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Too Much Can Make Us Sick

Heart disease. Diabetes. These chronic conditions are among the leading causes of death worldwide. Increasingly, scientists are focusing on a common set of underlying metabolic issues that raise people's risk for chronic disease. And it turns out that eating too much sugar over the long-term is linked to many of these dysfunctions.

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How Much Is Too Much?

Experts agree that some added sugar in the diet is usually fine. But the truth is, most Americans are consuming way too much — on average, nearly 66 pounds of added sugar per person, every year.

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Heart disease

A broad term for a group of chronic diseases of the heart, these diseases include problems with blood supply to heart muscle, problems with heart valves and the electrical system of the heart. Another term you will see used to mean the same thing is cardiovascular disease.

SugarScience Glossary

Added sugar

Any sugar added in preparation of foods, either at the table, in the kitchen or in the processing plant. This may include sucrose, high fructose corn syrup and others.

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Diabetes mellitus

Usually shortened to just diabetes. Sometimes called sugar diabetes. Look at Type 1 Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes for more information

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The largest internal organ. It weighs about three to four pounds and is located under the lower edge of the ribs on the right side. It helps us digest our food and remove toxins from our blood. "Hepat" in a word means liver, so an "hepato-toxin" is a liver poison or something that can cause damage to the liver

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SugarScience Facts

Today, 31% of American adults and 13% of kids suffer from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

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Too much fructose in added sugar can damage your liver just like too much alcohol.

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Growing scientific evidence shows that too much added sugar, over time, is linked to diabetes, heart disease and liver disease.

Healthy Beverage Initiative

Learn more about how organizations are
eliminating the sale of sugar sweetened beverages.

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Resource Kit

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