Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Think Nothing Bad About High Fructose Corn Syrup? Think Again!

Teens who consume lots of fructose, a form of which is HFCS (found just about everywhere in the typical teen diet) show evidence of heart disease and diabetes risk in their blood, according to a new study. Yep, these kids are already showing signs of risk for what are typically considered to be adult diseases.

In a study from the Medical College of Georgia, kids aged 14 to 18 with diets high in fructose (which research shows their growing bodies crave--a finding fully exploited by the food industry) had higher blood pressure, higher fasting glucose and insulin resistance (both measures related to diabetes), and inflammatory factors related to heart disease.

They also had lower levels of heart protectors like HDL cholesterol and certain proteins in their bodies.

And for kids carrying extra belly fat, the associations between fructose and these risk factors was even greater.

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