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January 2012

Fructose Consumption Linked to Heart Disease Risk

High fructose consumption may be associated with an increased risk of heart disease in adolescents, according to a new study.

Fructose is found in foods such as honey. Honey is a sweet, viscid fluid produced by honeybees (Apis mellifera) from the nectar of flowers. It is generally recognized as safe, but there have been numerous reports of certain types of honey produced from the nectar of flowering plants from the genus Rhododendron, and others, that have toxic effects in humans and in animals. Honey is easily absorbed and utilized by the body. It contains about 70-80% sugar; the rest is water, minerals, and traces of protein, acids, and other substances. Honey has been used by ancient Egyptians, Assyrians, Chinese, Romans, and Greeks as a medicinal remedy for the management of wounds, skin ailments, and various gastrointestinal diseases.

In a new study, researchers studied 559 adolescents between the ages of 14 and 18. They collected data on participants' diet and blood sugar levels.

The results suggested that higher fructose consumption may be associated with several heart disease risk factors, including higher blood pressure, higher blood sugar and increased levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation.

The scientists concluded that greater fructose consumption may be linked to an increased risk of heart disease in adolescents. However, more research is needed to confirm this association.

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References

  1. Natural Standard: The Authority on Integrative Medicine. www.naturalstandard.com.
  2. Pollock NK, Bundy V, Kanto W, et al. Greater fructose consumption is associated with cardiometabolic risk markers and visceral adiposity in adolescents. J Nutr. 2012 Feb;142(2):251-7. View Abstract
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