GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn.- A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention out this week finds that added sugars in our diet is killing us.

Research published online in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that consuming too much added sugar increases your risk of death from heart disease. According to the study's lead author, Quanhe Yang, a senior scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "The risk of cardiovascular disease death increases exponentially as you increase your consumption of added sugar."

Here's a link to the USA Today article on the study.

The Heart Association is recommending that women consume no more than 100 calories a day from added sugars. That's about 6 teaspoons of sugar. For men, consume no more than 150 calories a day in added sugars, or about 9 teaspoons.

Joining KARE 11 News @ 4 to make sense of it all, Allina Cardiologist and Chief Wellness Officer, Dr. Courtney Baechler.

She demonstrates just how much sugar is in some of our popular drinks.

Download a free pdf or order a hard copy of "Healthier Together: A Family Guide

Here's a link to Allina's Healthy Menu Idea Recipes/ sign-up for recipe of the week.

Dr. Baechler is also hosting a workshop at Kowalski's in Woodbury "Heart Strong - New Ways to Make Sure Yours Stays That Way" on Thursday, March 06, 2014, from: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM. Registration is required.