Tuesday, April 24, 2012

High Fructose Corn Syrup: The Kiss of Death?

Here is the "Who, What and Why" on the affects of fructose in the lives of our children. You can read the full study at the link below.  "Gulp"

"Who has a problem and what is known about it so far?

Americans eat a third more fructose, often in the forms of foods and beverages containing high-fructose corn syrup, than they did 40 years ago, and in that time, rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes have skyrocketed. Diet-related health issues, like heart disease and diabetes, are on the rise in adolescents, who consume the most fructose of any age group. Some studies suggest that fructose may contribute to weight gain and metabolic dysfunction."

"What are the implications of the study?

The research suggests that fructose is bad for health because it increases levels of visceral fat in the body. This study doesn’t prove that fructose is harmful, but it adds to the scientific literature that suggests that this sugar is a potential health concern. More research is needed to firm up the link between fructose and its effect on health, though it may be prudent to limit the consumption of high-fructose corn syrup. This study also supports the connection between visceral fat and poor health outcomes reported in other research."

"Why did the researchers do this particular study?

The researchers wanted to determine whether fructose consumption by adolescents is linked to heart health, diabetes risk, and body fat".
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