(ATLANTA) – Teens with a diet high in sugar are at an increased risk of heart disease, according to a new report.
Researchers at Emroy University said that among the 2,157 teens who participated in the survey, the average amount of sugar consumed daily was 119 grams, or 476 calories. The number represents 21.4 percent of the total calories consumed by the teens daily.
"Sugar-sweetened soft drinks and sodas are the major contributor of added sugar and are a major source of calories without other important nutrients,” said lead researcher Jean Welsh.
The study found that teens who consumed the largest amount of sugar per day had LDL or bad cholesterol levels that were nine percent higher than those who did not consume a large amount of the substance.
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