High Fructose Corn Syrup and Heart Disease

Many people believe juice drinks, i.e., apple, orange or grape juice, are a healthy choice.  And in moderate amounts, they may be considered marginally healthy.  Unfortunately, the extraordinary magnitude with which people consume these fruit drinks is cause for alarm since most juice drinks are sweetened with High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS).  In the past HFCS was considered a better choice than sucrose (table sugar) because it is primarily metabolized by the liver and does not cause the blood insulin spike that the glucose or sucrose molecule does.  

What we have learned, however, is when large amounts of HFCS are metabolized through the liver; a person tends to experience a significant increase in blood triglyceride levels as well as cholesterol levels.  And we all know what that means – increased risk for heart disease.

Therefore, all the adults who are trying to lower their cholesterol levels by reducing their intake of saturated fats and high fatty foods but are still consuming juices with HFCS should rethink their beverage choice.  Read the label, look for sugar amounts, do the math (4 grams of sugar = 1 teaspoon of sugar) and check the ingredient list for type of sugar, i.e., HFCS.

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