It only Takes 2 weeks for High Fructose Corn Syrup to Cause Symptoms of Heart Disease
Researchers have found that adults who consumed high fructose corn syrup for just two weeks increased their levels of cholesterol and triglycerides.
And that ain’t good.
Researchers examined 48 adults between the ages of 18 and 40 years and compared the effects of consuming 25% of their daily caloric intake as either:
- High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
They found that within two weeks, the participants who consumed fructose or HFCS exhibited increased concentrations of:
- LDL cholesterol,
- triglycerides and
- apolipoprotein-B (a protein which can lead to plaques that cause heart disease)
What Does This Mean to Us?
- If you’re going to consume a whole bunch of sugar, it’s better to go with good old plain table sugar (aka sucrose – a combination of glucose & fructose) than fructose or HFCS.
- The USDA recommended upper limit for sugar consumption needs a re-think. Perhaps it should drift down a little closer to the AHA’s 5% recommended figure.
- Maybe Coca-Cola et al should spend a few pennies, ditch the corn syrup and go back to using cane sugar
- The 25% sugar intake was based on the upper limit suggested in the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010
- This study hasn’t been published yet, so I included a link from EurekAlert.