American Heart Association Comment on Sugary Drink Consumption Report from CDC

February 26, 2016

DALLAS, February 26, 2016 – Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association:

“The evidence is clear that too much sugar contributes to heart disease and death, yet a new CDC report shows one in three Americans are still drinking sugary drinks at alarming rates. Many beverages that have been promoted as healthy are, in fact, loaded with too much sugar. Sweet tea, fruit drinks, sports drinks as well as regular sodas often contain more sugar than we recommend in one day for the average adult, yet they are consumed by children and adults alike on top of other sugary foods. In order to turn the tide on heart disease and diabetes, the American Heart Association advocates for sweeping changes to shift the culture towards heart-healthy living.”

Link to CDC MMWR: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6507a1.htm?s_cid=mm6507a1_e

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