10 Reasons Why You Should Cut Down on Sugar

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recently declared that sugar is the biggest health concern for Americans today, and yet you can find it in everything, starting with your bowl of cereal in the morning on to the ketchup that you add to your burger at dinner. One of the biggest problems is that with most of the American public believing fat to be the dietary enemy, they have turned instead to low-fat versions of foods which are packed with sugar.

Although small amounts of sugar are beneficial to you and can provide you with energy to keep going throughout your day, the amount of sugar that the average American eats is over twice the amount that is recommended by the American Heart Association. This leads to a myriad of health concerns. Here are 10 reasons to stop eating sugar.

1. High Blood Pressure

One of the things that sugar does to the body is it raises blood pressure. High blood pressure can lead to a number of health problems such as heart disease, strokes, heart attacks, kidney damage, and others. Even if you are not overweight but are getting a high percentage of your daily calorie intake from sugars, sugar will cause high blood pressure.