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Aug 30 2011

Sweetened Drinks Boost Heart Disease Risk For Young People

Posted in Community Service, Product Liability

Every day dietary products, like sugar, in its various formats can poss serious cardiovascular problems for children , says Alabama liability attorney Keith T. Belt

Beverages sweetened with fructose or high-fructose corn syrup can worsen cardiovascular risk factors, even in the young and healthy, researchers have found. When these types of drinks accounted for at least a quarter of a person’s daily calories over two weeks, there were significant increases in triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, and apolipoprotein B (apoB) concentrations that weren’t seen with glucose, reported online in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism – http://jcem.endojournals.org/

That finding may have implications for current U.S. dietary guidelines, which suggest limiting added sugar intake to 25% of total energy per day, the researchers said, noting that the American Heart Association recommends an even smaller cap on added sugars at just 5% of daily energy. High-fructose corn syrup is nearly the same as sucrose, or regular table sugar, with its almost 50-50 mix of glucose and fructose

The researchers concluded that these “established risk factors for coronary heart disease” rise significantly with just two weeks on a diet that draws 25% of its energy from fructose or high fructose corn syrup, even in younger and normal weight people. They noted that while total triglyceride increases were greatest for those on fructose, the fact that LDL and apoB changes tended to be greater with high-fructose corn syrup deserves further study. In the interim parents should be monitoring the consumption of products containing sugar by their children to avoid risks associated with them.