Sugars, Added Sugars and Sweeteners

Updated:Apr 20,2017
Sugar 101

Not all sugar is bad. Learn the difference between naturally occurring sugar and added sugar and what AHA recommends.

Added Sugars

Many of us consume more sugar than we realize. It’s important to be aware of how much sugar you consume because our bodies don’t need sugar to function properly.

Added Sugars Add to Your Risk of Dying from Heart Disease

Getting too much added sugar in your diet could significantly increase your risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, according to a study published in April 2014.

By Any Other Name It's Still Sweetener

Tracking your sugar intake can be tricky with so many names for sugar and sweeteners on the label. Learn what to look for.


Not all carbs are created equal. Learn some tips for fitting carbs in your diet.

Added Sugar Infographic

Learning how to identify products containing added sugars and choosing healthy alternatives is important for developing a healthier diet for you and your family. Learn what to look for.

Non-Nutritive Sweeteners

Got a sweet tooth? Here’s the scoop on artificial sweeteners or “non-nutritive sweeteners” as we call them.

Life is Sweet Infographic

Just because food is healthy doesn’t mean it can’t be sweet. Lower the added sugar in your diet with low-calorie alternatives that your heart and taste buds will love.

Tips for Cutting Down on Sugar

Keeping tabs on how much sugar you’re eating is an important part of a heart-healthy lifestyle. Try these tips to reduce your sugar intake.

Sip Smarter Infographic

Sugar-sweetened beverages are the #1 source of added sugars in our diet. Cut your sugar intake with these heart-healthy alternatives!

Glycemic Index and Diabetes

Avoiding spikes in blood sugar by watching carbohydrates in your diet is important for patients with diabetes, but not all carbohydrates work the same way. Learn why the glycemic index has limitations.

Sugar Recommendation Healthy Kids and Teens Infographic

No need for all that added sugar, kids are sweet enough! Check out our sugar recommendation in kids.

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