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GILBERT, AZ (May 18, 2020) – According to a study led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health(1) and published in the journal, Circulation, women who drink four or more sugar-sweetened beverages per day not only increase the risk of diabetes, but also have an increased risk of cardiovascular death. 


Another recent study(2) published by the American Heart Association (AHA) found that women who drank two or more artificially sweetened drinks daily were 31% more likely to have a clot-based stroke, 29% more likely to have heart disease and 16% more likely to die from any cause than women who drank low- or no-calorie drinks fewer than once a week or none at all. And yet, the AHA4 says that Americans are striving for less sugar in their diets. 

Some alarming statistics were recently released: Consuming more sugary or artificially sweetened beverages is linked to a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association(3). At least one additional half-serving increases that risk by 16%, but when the sugary or artificially sweetened drink is replaced by water, coffee or tea, the risk drops to as low as 2%, according to the study. Researchers analyzed data from 80,647 women participating in the Nurses’ Health Study (1980-2014) and from 37,716 men in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study (1986-2014). For both studies, participants answered questionnaires about lifestyle factors and health status every two years.

“The American Heart Association recommends a daily added sugar limit of no more than 9 teaspoons/36 grams for men and 6 teaspoons/24 grams for women and children ages 2 through 18; zero added sugar to children below the age of 2,” said Carol May, CEO of Wisdom Natural Brands®, maker of SweetLeaf® Sweeteners. “While one 12-ounce soda (nearly 10 teaspoons/39 grams of sugar) a day exceeds the recommended amount of added dietary sugars, SweetLeaf provides a zero calorie, no artificial sweeteners, no sugars option for those wanting to reduce added sugars in foods and beverages—with all the great taste and desired sweetness.” 

“The first, easy step to adopting a better diet is to start by reducing added sugars in your foods, beverages, and recipes,” says May. “No matter what diet you are following, using a sweetener to keep the taste you desire with zero calories and no sugars is a very simple but effective beginning to a healthier lifestyle.”

SweetLeaf Sweeteners are a plant-based sugar alternative that will reduce added sugar intake without losing the sweetness. With zero calories, zero carbs, no sugars and no artificial sweeteners, SweetLeaf adds award-winning taste without the negative health effects of added dietary sugars. From SweetLeaf’s natural and organic packets to fruit-flavored Water Drops® for a delicious upgrade to still or sparkling water to 16 flavors of Sweet Drops® in everyday beverages and foods, SweetLeaf provides endless options to reduce or eliminate added dietary sugars.

SweetLeaf has developed a conversion chart on its website to help make that change.

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