Surprising new research shows that people who consume added sugars in their foods have a higher risk of dying from heart disease regardless of their size. Eating too much added sugar has been linked to high triglyceride levels, high LDL cholesterol levels, and high blood pressure.
The link between sugar and heart disease lies in the liver. While glucose goes into the blood stream after eating to fuel cells, the fructose from added sugars goes into the liver. Although the liver is designed to be able to process small amounts of fructose, the large amounts of added sugars that we consume cannot be processed. Because of this, fructose gets stored as fat in the liver and having a fatty liver leads to high triglyceride levels, inflammation, and high blood pressure.
The first place to start cutting out added sugar is from your beverages. Sodas and energy drinks are loaded with added sugars, so try switching to water, milk, tea or coffee. Although switching to diet soda is an option, the sweetness of the drink could still lead you to crave more sugars, so it is best to stop drinking diet soda all together. Try swapping out cookies and cakes for a sweet pieces of fruit or a square of very dark chocolate. Also, agave nectar is close to 100% fructose, so it should be avoided.