It's been implicated in the rise of obesity and Type 2 diabetes, not to mention other health concerns. On food labels you'll see it listed as glucose-fructose (a.k.a. high-fructose corn syrup), an inexpensive sweetener that's added to soft drinks, fruit drinks, breakfast cereals, baked goods, yogurt, canned fruit and condiments.
The potential health hazards of high-fructose corn syrup made headlines in 2004 when researchers in the United States published a report linking our increased use of corn syrup sweeteners over the past 20 years with rising obesity rates. Experts have argued that high-fructose corn syrup is processed differently than table sugar by the body. It's thought that fructose doesn't trigger hormone responses that regulate appetite and satiety, which could cause you to overeat.
Now, a new study published this week in the Journal of Clinical Investigation reveals that fructose-sweetened beverages can impair how the body clears blood sugar and handles fat - detrimental effects that can increase the risk of heart disease and heart attack.
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