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Could Fructose be Beneficial?

Monday, 25 June 2012 12:55 PM

Many studies have tied obesity to fructose in soft drinks and other sweets, but a new analysis of such research suggests overconsumption of products containing the simple sugar – and not fructose itself – may be to blame.
What’s more, the analysis indicates fructose may, in fact, have a beneficial effect in helping to control blood sugar in some people.
The provocative findings, by researchers at St. Michael's Hospital, suggest fructose itself may not be a primary culprit in the nation’s obesity epidemic or as unhealthy as previously believed.
"Attention needs to go back where it belongs, which is on the concept of moderation," said Adrian Cozma, who led the study published in the journal Diabetes Care. "We're seeing that there may be benefit if fructose wasn't being consumed in such large amounts. [But] all negative attention on fructose-related harm draws further away from the issue of eating too many calories."
For the new analysis, researchers reviewed 18 studies of people with diabetes and found fructose significantly improved their blood sugar control. The improvement was equal to what can be achieved with an oral antidiabetic drug.
What’s more, researchers saw a benefit even without adverse effects on body weight, blood pressure, uric acid (gout) or cholesterol.
Fructose is a simple sugar naturally found in fruit, vegetables and honey. Together with glucose, it forms sucrose, the basis of table sugar. It is also found in high-fructose corn syrup, the most common sweetener in commercially prepared foods.
In all the trials the researchers reviewed, participants were fed diets where fructose was incorporated or added to test foods. The diets with fructose had the same amount of calories as those without.
"Over the last decade, there have been connections made between fructose intake and rates of obesity," said Dr. John Sievenpiper, who helped conduct the analysis. "However, this research suggests that the problem is likely one of overconsumption, not fructose."

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