Form of sugar linked to higher diabetes ratesBy
While most experts will agree that too much sugar in any form is bad for your health, the jury is still out whether any one form of sugar is worse than another. A study released this week adds to the debate by showing a link between high fructose corn syrup and diabetes. Researchers from the University of Southern California and the University of Oxford say they have found an association between countries that use more high fructose corn syrup in their food supply and those that have higher rates of diabetes.
High-fructose corn syrup is a common sweetener in sodas and fruit-flavored drinks. Research has shown that high-fructose corn syrup is chemically similar to table sugar. Controversy exists, however, about whether or not the body handles high-fructose corn syrup differently than table sugar.
High-fructose corn syrup may or may not be less healthy than other types of sweeteners. We do know, however, that too much added sugar — not just high-fructose corn syrup — can contribute unwanted calories that are linked to health problems, such as weight gain, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and high triglyceride levels.
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