Fructose: Sugar's Dark Side?
Study: Fructose Increases Heart Risk Factors -- and Weight
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"Most people get the majority of the added sugars in their diet from
beverages," Havel tells WebMD. "We saw a lot of changes happen in just
two weeks of drinking these beverages -- and in real life, people don't do this
just for two or 10 weeks but as a lifelong habit. They are potentially exposing
themselves to cardiovascular risk."
The news may be worse. Stanhope says that preliminary data from new studies
show that regular sugar and high-fructose corn syrup each seem to have the same
effect as fructose alone -- even though both are only about half fructose and
half glucose (normal corn syrup is 100% glucose).
It's still far too early to draw any conclusions from the new study. But
Stanhope says it's unlikely anybody is going to apply the health-food label to
sweetened soft drinks.
"It doesn't look like a good idea to drink a lot of soft drinks,"
Stanhope tells WebMD. "We were feeding people at the rate of three sodas a
day. Some do drink that much, some people in real life do more, and some have
only one a day. Give me two years, and we will know a lot more about the safe
Stanhope reported the findings at the American Diabetes Association's 67th
Annual Scientific Sessions, held June 22-26 in Chicago.
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