Fructose: Small Study Suggests It Turns Into Fat More Readily Than Glucose

From Jennifer Moore for the SUGAR SHOCK! Blog

Evidence that the ubiquitous high fructose corn syrup makes you gain more weight than other sugars continues pouring in.

This time, research in The Journal of Nutrition concludes that fructose stimulates the production of fat in the blood more efficiently than glucose does.

Elizabeth Parks, Ph.D. of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and her team gave six subjects three drinks: one that was 100% glucose, another that was 50% glucose and 50% fructose, and a third that contained 25% fructose and 75% glucose.

They found that levels of triglycerides and lipoproteins in the blood were substantially higher in subjects after they’d had the two fructose drinks than after they consumed the glucose concoction instead.

What’s more, Dr. Parks notes that fructose’s fat-generating prowess may be actually be greater than the study indicates, because her study used slim, healthy subjects who had been fasting, and the effects of the fructose may be stronger in overweight people, according to UT Southwestern’s press release.

Fascinating research. All the more reason for people to try to keep high fructose corn syrup to a minimum. (Of course, if you consume processed foods, it’s difficult, given that the stuff is in nearly everything.) Thanks to Tara Parker-Pope of The New York Times for the heads-up.

Jennifer Moore

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