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Comment & Response
January 2015

Why Are We Consuming So Much Sugar Despite Knowing Too Much Can Harm Us?

Author Affiliations
  • 1New York Obesity Research Center, Department of Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, New York
  • 2Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • 3Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
  • 4Department of Neurobiology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
  • 5Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
JAMA Intern Med. 2015;175(1):145-146. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.6968

To the Editor In the article by Yang et al,1 a relationship between intake of added sugars and risk of cardiovascular disease was demonstrated. The study revealed that almost 75% of the US population consumes more than 10% of calories from added sugars. Despite it becoming increasingly known that added sugars can have detrimental effects on health, people persist in consuming them in excess.

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