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High fructose corn syrup raises heart disease risk, study finds

DATA:2015-12-23/ Industry news/ chat online

To combat the obesity and diabetes epidemic in the U.S. many experts have suggested that Americans reduce the amount of added sugar in their diets. Now a first-of-its-kind study directly links the syrup in sugary drinks to an increased risk of heart disease -- and it doesn't take much to cause problems.

Dr. Kimber Stanhope, a nutritional biologist at the University of California, Davis, and colleagues conducted a study on 85 healthy people between the ages of 18 and 40. Researchers gave some participants drinks with varying levels of high fructose corn syrup. Others had sugar-free beverages. Blood tests were taken on an hourly basis to check for changes in levels of lipoproteins, triglycerides and uric acid -- all heart disease risk factors. Researchers found after only two weeks, those consuming drinks with high fructose corn syrup had significantly increased heart disease risk factors in the blood.

The new study will be published in the June issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The work reinforces results from an earlier epidemiological study showing that the risk of death from cardiovascular disease increases as sugar consumption increases.

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