A new initiative from the University of California San Francisco called SugarScience is here to give us all a wake-up call when it comes to sugar: We’re eating way too much of the stuff—19.5 teaspoons a day on average when the recommended intake is 6 teaspoons for women—and it’s taking a serious toll on our health. The researcher-run site, which distilled 8,000 studies and papers and found strong evidence that our overconsumption of sugar contributes to heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and liver disease, aims to present the facts about sugar in digestible, definitive terms and spark a widescale public response. Here, the three most important (and scary) facts to note from the site:
1) Drinking just one 12-ounce can of soda per day can increase your risk of dying of heart disease by nearly one-third.
2) There are at least 61 different names for sugar listed on food labels. Chances are, if it ends in “-ose,” it’s sugar.
3) Fructose, one of the most common types of sugar, can be just as damaging to your liver as alcohol.