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Teenagers Whose Diet Is High In Fructose Are At Greater Risk For Cardiovascular Problems

January 24, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
A U.S. study of 559 teenagers found a significant association between high-fructose diets and higher blood pressure, fasting blood glucose levels, insulin resistance and inflammatory factors that contribute to cardiovascular disease. Participants in the study were also found to have lower levels of cardiovascular protectors such as HDL cholesterol and the protein adiponectin. According to the researchers, the fructose in high fructose corn syrup is pretty much the same as in table sugar, “but it's believed there's something in the syrup processing that plays a role in the bad byproducts of metabolism."
N. K. Pollock et al., "Greater Fructose Consumption Is Associated with Cardiometabolic Risk Markers and Visceral Adiposity in Adolescents", Journal of Nutrition, January 24, 2012, © American Society for Nutrition
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