Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Are all sugars created equal?

A new study just released out of Princeton University states that high fructose corn syrup causes rats to gain significantly more weight than sucrose or any other type of sugar. Check it out. High fructose corn syrup is very cheap to manufacture, (notice I said “Manufacture”!) and is found in many processed foods like soft drinks, yogurt, industrial bread (not sure I want to know what “industrial” bread is), and certain types of dressings and soups. Interestingly enough, it is found in Gatorade’s G2 brand, but not the original. High fructose corn syrup has been shown to greatly increase risk for:

• Metabolic Syndrome
• Type II Diabetes
• High Triglycerides
• Increased Body Fat
• Cardiovascular Disease

Need more evidence, here it is:

Sugar-sweetened beverages and risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes: Epidemiologic evidence.

Metabolic effects of fructose and the worldwide increase in obesity.

Soft drink consumption and obesity: it is all about fructose.

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