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Fructose Is Not Necessarily The Culprit In Weight Gain, Study Finds

February 21, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
A study by Canadian scientists who reviewed findings from more than 40 scientific articles found that over-consumption of calories – no matter what their source – was the culprit in weight gain. The researchers specifically noted that eating fructose, a sugar found naturally in fruits, vegetables and honey, was not itself to blame for weight gain in any of the studies. People who consumed fructose were no more likely to gain weight than those who ate other forms of carbohydrates. “Overconsumption is the issue,” the researchers said. The study did not look at the much disparaged food sweetener high fructose corn syrup, which is 45 percent glucose and water, 55 percent fructose.
John L. Sievenpiper et al., "Effect of Fructose on Body Weight in Controlled Feeding Trials A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis", Annals of Internal Medicine, February 21, 2012, © American College of Physicians
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