The equivalent of the amount of sugar found in three cans of soda a day added to a healthy diet could have major toxic effects on the body, according to a new study.
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While previous studies have found sugar to have detrimental effects on health, they generally used amounts much higher than most people actually eat, said the study's co-author, James Ruff of the University of Utah.
"I think the big takeaway is the level of sugar we readily eat and think is safe causes major health declines in mice," Ruff told the Salt Lake City Tribune. "We're not just talking about some minor metabolic thing. We're taking about increased rates of death and [lower rates] of reproduction."