Research Roundup

July 2009 Issue

Research Roundup: July 2009

Beverages sweetened with fructose increased abdominal fat and insulin resistance. Researchers who gave overweight and obese men and women beverages sweetened with either fructose or glucose found that those who consumed the fructose drinks gained fat in their abdominal area, became less sensitive to insulin, and had increases in total and LDL cholesterol. Conversely, those who drank the glucose beverages added less abdominal fat and experienced no significant changes in insulin sensitivity or cholesterol levels. To find out what type of sweetener a beverage or food contains, check the ingredients list. And remember, while glucose appears to do less damage than fructose, the healthiest dietary strategy is to minimize added sugars.

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