High-Fructose Corn Syrup is Harmful, New Research Concludes
Within two weeks, participants in a new study consuming fructose or high fructose corn syrup exhibited increased concentrations of LDL cholesterol, triglycerides and apolipoprotein-B.
Adults who consumed high-fructose corn syrup for two weeks as 25 percent of their daily calorie requirement had increased blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, both indicators of increased risk for heart disease, according to a recent study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
The study’s senior author, Kimber Stanhope, PhD, of the University of California, Davis said, “While there is evidence that people who consume sugar are more likely to have heart disease or diabetes, it is controversial as to whether high-sugar diets may actually promote these diseases, and dietary guidelines are conflicting. Our findings demonstrate that several factors associated with an elevated risk for cardiovascular disease were increased in individuals consuming 25% of their calories as fructose or high-fructose corn syrup, but consumption of glucose did not have this effect.”
Researchers worked with 48 adults 18 to 40 years old and compared the effects of consuming 25% of one’s daily calorie requirement as glucose, fructose or high-fructose corn syrup on risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Within two weeks, participants consuming fructose or high fructose corn syrup exhibited increased concentrations of LDL cholesterol, triglycerides and apolipoprotein-B (a protein which can lead to plaques that cause vascular disease). However, the group that consumed the glucose did not.
“High-fructose corn syrup, which is found in most processed foods, is very bad for your health and should be avoided,” say boomer generation health experts Dian Griesel, Ph.D., and Tom Griesel, authors of the new book TurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust (April 2011, BSH).
“However, because its use is so prevalent in manufactured, refined and processed foods, this is easier said than done,” the Griesels say. “The first step in reclaiming and maintaining your health is to eliminate all of these products from your diet and stick with wholly natural foods that will build your health.”
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