Sweets raise levels of heart-stopping substance

Next time you're tempted by a piece of candy, don't look at it as a snack. Look at it as a bit of heart-stopping poison -- because that's exactly what it is.

You already know how too much sugar is a risk factor for heart problems including heart disease. Now, new research shows how too much sugar and starch can actually lead directly to heart failure.

When you eat too much sugar and starch, your body produces a molecule called glucose 6-phosphate, or G6P, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association

That very same G6P can alter the proteins your heart muscles rely on for proper pump function, according to tests on both animal and human heart tissues.

When your body has trouble with pump function, you've got heart failure -- a condition that kills 55,000 Americans every year and is a contributing factor in more than a quarter of a million more deaths.

Even if you survive, the reality is life is never the same again. Heart failure can increase the risk of death, including sudden death, in the months and years that follow.

That's why it's essential to make sure you don't become one of the 5 million Americans struggling with this disease -- and if cutting your intake of sugar and starch can slash your risk, then I'd strongly suggest you reconsider that piece of candy, slice of pie or whatever other sweet treat leaves you weak in the knees.

At the same time, it would also be an oversimplification to blame heart failure entirely on eating too much sugar -- so along with eliminating sweets, make sure you also eat a balanced heart-friendly diet low in saturated fats and refined foods and high in good fats, healthy vegetables and delicious fruit.

And for more on dietary approaches to protecting the heart and minimizing your risk of heart attack, heart failure and stroke, read this free report.