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Heart Health

29 July 2011

Too much sugar bad for the heart

Research shows that adults who consumed high fructose corn syrup for two weeks had increased blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, a risk for heart disease.

A recent study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM) found that adults who consumed high fructose corn syrup for two weeks as 25% of their daily kilojoule requirement had increased blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, which have been shown to be indicators of increased risk for heart disease.

"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," said the study's senior author, Kimber Stanhope, PhD, of the University of California, Davis.

 

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