Monday, April 26, 2010

High-Fructose Corn Syrup May be Linked with Liver Disease and Metabolic Syndrome

"While HFCS has about the same amount of fructose as cane sugar, what they fail to mention is that the fructose in HFCS is in its 'free' form and not attached to any other carbs."
PepsiCo, Snapple, Con Agra and Kraft all have one thing in common. They are all removing high-fructose corn syrup from some of their products.

According to a research team in Princeton, ongoing intake of high-fructose corn syrup causes substantial increases in body fat, especially abdominal fat which is also known as adipose fat. Other studies have found a correlation between HFCS and liver disease.

In addition, Duke University Medical Center researchers reported that a high intake of HFCS may be linked with liver scarring (fibrosis) for patients who have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Metabolic syndrome and liver injury may be a result of long-term consumption of high-fructose corn syrup.

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