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      New study stresses the danger of sugar consumption

      Sugar is everywhere. It's in desserts, candy, pop, and even some fruit drinks. Sugar has been known to be a major cause of obesity, but now a new study shows that consuming too much sugar could cause even more problems. How could something so sweet break your heart? "If you eat a lot of sugar, you may double your risk of heart disease," said Dr. James Surrell. That's right; he said double your risk of heart disease. How much is too much? The American Heart Association recommends that folks should have around 5-10 teaspoons of sugar, or less, per day. To put this into perspective, one can of pop alone contains around 10 teaspoons of sugar which already puts you at the high end of the recommended daily allowance. "People need to look at labels. What you do is, what I suggest is become a label reading detective and before it goes in your mouth, find out how much sugar is in it," Dr. Surrell said. Finding out how much sugar is in any given food is simple. "If you take the grams of sugar and divide it by four, that's the number of teaspoons," said Sherrie Rule, a Dietitian at Marquette General Hospital. Fruits and vegetables also contain sugar, however, the difference is sugar occurs naturally in these types of foods and is less harmful to your body. "Is it healthier to eat a piece of watermelon or to eat a dish of blueberries compared to eating a brownie," Rule said. The bottom line is to keep your sweet tooth under control.