Maylin Rodriguez-Paez RNAs you probably know, most sodas are sweetened with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
In recent years HFCS has come under scrutiny for its connection to obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other health problems. Not much information is known about the speed in which these changes occur.
A new study shows that just two weeks of ingesting drinks sweetened with HFCS elevated markers related to heart disease. The results were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
High Fructose Corn Syrup Increases Lipid LevelsFor the current study, investigators recruited 85 participants between the ages of 18 and 40 and divided them into one of four groups. They were assigned to receive beverages sweetened with HFCS in different concentrations or aspartame, an artificial sweetener.
The drinks with HFCS were formulated to contain 10 percent, 17.5 percent or 25 percent of one’s total daily calories. Blood samples were taken hourly to examine markers which are associated with heart disease including uric acid, cholesterol, triglycerides, and apolipoprotein B (a blood protein that carries cholesterol particles).
According to the results of the study, triglyceride levels were significantly elevated in the HFCS groups. The two groups drinking the higher doses of HFCS had significant elevations in LDL cholesterol, uric acid, and apolipoprotein B. The results were dose dependent, meaning the higher the concentration of HFCS, the greater the changes in these markers.1
What was most alarming was that the changes were seen in as little as two weeks, showing that the dangerous effects of HFCS can be experienced in a relatively short period of time.
High Fructose Corn Syrup is EverywhereAs obvious as these results may be, what’s not so obvious is the presence of high fructose corn syrup in foods. Look for it in not-so-obvious sources of HFCS such as ketchup, soups, cocktail nuts, tomato sauce, and even salad dressings.
Your best defense is to be familiar with food labels and to avoid processed foods as much as possible. That way you’ll know exactly what you’re eating!
References:1. Am J Clin Nutr, April 2015 DOI: 10.3945/ajcn.114.100461
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