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Sugary Drinks Promote Metabolic Syndrome

By and Wednesday, 05 August 2020 12:21 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Five years ago, actress Kate Hudson kicked her sugar habit. "I realized I was craving it like an addict around 4 p.m. every day ... and it hit me how much sugar we really eat."

It's a lot. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, 200 years ago the average American ate 2 pounds of sugar per year. Today, it's almost 152 pounds annually.

However, all sugar is not created equal. It's important to know which type of sugar in which foods is doing you serious harm (stoking inflammation, building belly fat, promoting obesity and fatty liver disease), and which kind you can — and even should — enjoy.

A new review published in JAMA Open Network discovered that it's added fructose, especially in beverages, that promotes development of metabolic syndrome, a group of conditions that includes high blood pressure, elevated blood sugar, and low levels of good HDL cholesterol.

In fact, daily consumption of beverages containing a big hit of fructose (sodas, sports and energy drinks) increases your risk for metabolic syndrome by at least 14%.

But other sources of fructose found in foods such as yogurt and fresh fruit are actually associated with a reduced risk of metabolic syndrome. That's because the naturally occurring fructose is balanced by healthful nutrients and fiber. Those foods satisfy your hunger, while the calories in a beverage with added sugar don't.

So you don't have to give up all sweets to stay healthy. Just go for two to three daily servings of fruit, especially berries, along with a dollop of low-fat yogurt.

© King Features Syndicate


   
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