Posted by: 4pack | April 22, 2010

Obesity And Health In America: Medical Research Finds That Increased Intake Of Sugar-Sweetened Foods Elevates Triglycerides (TG) And Lowers “Good” HDL-Cholesterol, Both Indicators Of Potential Metabolic Syndrome

 THIS IS THE RESEARCH FOOD PROCESSORS AND THE SUGAR AND HIGH-FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP LOBBIES DON’T WANT OUT THERE…THE CURRENT LEVELS OF ADDED-SUGAR ARE THE CLEAREST DIFFERENCES IN DIETS OVER THE LAST 30 YEARS…EAT WHOLE FOODS IN MODERATION….  

Added-Sugar: It's been clear enough that a high-fat diet can worsen serum lipids, but less so that a diet with a lot of added sugar may do it as well. The case for it is stronger with a cross-sectional look at >6000 US adults that found significant, independent associations between increased intake of sugar-sweetened foods, which typically have added sucrose or high-fructose corn syrup, and elevated triglycerides (TG) and reduced HDL-cholesterol levels....

The dyslipidemia findings echo those from the Framingham Heart Study three years ago that associated elevated TG and low HDL-C, among other markers of the metabolic syndrome, with consumption of at least one sweetened soft drink daily [2]. However, in that study, as reported by heartwire at the time, high intake of soft drinks worsened lipids regardless of whether they contained sugar or artificial sweeteners.

But the NHANES analysis is also consistent with a body of literature linking high-carbohydrate diets with elevated risk of stroke and heart-disease events, prospective short-term studies suggesting that increased sugar consumption promotes dyslipidemia, and the well-recognized worsening effects of greater carbohydrate intake on TG and HDL-C levels, senior author Dr Miriam B Vos (Emory University) told heartwire.

The current study, she said, is noteworthy for extending those prospective observations “to a nationally representative free-living population, people consuming their normal diets.” It may also be the first of its kind to associate cardiovascular risk factors with dietary added sugars, which may be a more easily modifiable source of calories than simply “sugar” or “carbohydrates,” which take many forms naturally in whole foods, according to Vos.

http://www.theheart.org/article/1068299.do

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