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Researchers pinpoint when heart damage, weight gain sets in from added sugars

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Extra sugar in your diet has long been cited as a risk factor for obesity and heart problems.

A new study by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests heart damage and weight gain occur once added sugars exceed 15 percent of your total calories.

That’s about 300 calories added a day.

You can add those calories by simply eating a big bowl of cereal or drinking a soda every day.

Added sugars are those that are not naturally occurring in foods but were added during production.

Experts are calling for new federal guidelines to help keep consumers informed.

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