Stay Well Secrets: Cardiologists Share Their Best Heart Health Tips

Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans, but 90 percent of cases are preventable. Follow these expert tips to lower your risk (15 Photos)

Laura Flynn McCarthy on Feb 4, 2014 at 6:44PM

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Stay Well Secrets: Cardiologists Share Their Best Heart Health Tips

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Stay Well Secret: Switch to Water

One 12-ounce can of soda contains 130 calories and eight teaspoons of sugar. The new AHA guidelines recommend that women get no more than 100 calories per day from all added sugars (those that aren’t found naturally in foods) in their diet, which is about 6 teaspoons per day. Studies show that Americans typically consume an average of 22 teaspoons of added sugar a day -- that equals 355 calories! Besides making you gain weight, a high-sugar diet has been linked to increased risk for high blood pressure, low levels of HDL (the healthy cholesterol), and high levels of triglycerides, a kind of fat in the blood that raises your risk for heart disease and diabetes. One simple way to cut back on the added sugars in your diet is to stop drinking soda. “Drink water and other beverages that are unsweetened naturally,” suggests Foody, “and when you must have a soda, choose a diet soft drink.”

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