Fructose consumption is a health issue that I am sure you heard about. A new study from the Journal of Clinical Nutrition, with 559 subjects, just came out that looked at the effects of fructose consumption, and found that fructose has very bad effects on our bodies. Other than increasing fat around the stomach area it increases risk for both heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Consequences of fructose consumption:
- Fructose increases systolic blood pressure
- Fructose increases fasting blood glucose
- Fructose increases triglycerides
- Fructose increases LDL, the bad cholesterol
- Fructose increases C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation (inflammation is BAD)
- Fructose increases visceral adiposity - Belly Fat
- This increase in fat around the belly area was not seen with glucose alone, another type of sweetener.
- Fructose reduces HDL, the good cholesterol
- Fructose increases risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Where is fructose found:
- The first thing most people think of when they hear fructose is high-fructose corn syrup, which does have fructose but it is found in other places too.
- Regular sugar is made up of half part glucose and half part fructose, so regular sugar is another source of fructose.
- 100% fruit juices
- The easiest way to reduce your fructose consumption is to lower the amount of sweets, soda, processed foods, and junk such as cake, donuts, and cookies that you eat.
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