Cut back on sugar to improve your heart health

Jen Avis disses the impacts sugar can have on one's heart health. <br />(Souce: KNOE)
Jen Avis disses the impacts sugar can have on one's heart health. <br />(Souce: KNOE)(KNOE)
Published: Feb. 28, 2020 at 9:25 AM CST
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American Heart Month is coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean you should stop monitoring your heart health.

Jen Avis, a nutritionist from the St. Francis Medical Center, talked about the impact sugar can have on one’s heart health and ways to lessen sugar intake.

“Sugar is very inflammatory for heart patients, so much so, that the American Heart Association has set boundaries for people to stay within as far as added sugar to their diet.”

Avis says sugar intake does affect men and women differently. She says that women should eat less than 24 grams of sugar a day. For men, they should stay below 36 grams a day. Avis says people should be cautious about the beverages they drink. She recommends cutting out sodas, sweet tea, and juices to limit sugar intake in your diet.

“If someone drinks a 12-ounce Coke is about 39 grams of sugar that the total amount a man should get.”

Here is a list of the American Heart Association recommendations for sugar:

American Heart Association Recommendations for Sugar

Women and Children

6 tsp per day or 24 grams


9 tsp per day or 36 grams

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