Excessive sugar undermines health in the long term

Dec 10, 2010

Cutting sugar intake is a good step toward a healthy diet.

Healthcare professionals have long warned consumers to avoid excessive sugar consumption because of the serious medical problems it can contribute to, such as diabetes and obesity, to name a few.

In fact, a recent report from DiscoveryNews advises people that fructose - the main ingredient in high fructose corn syrup and table sugar, as well as fruit - is actually the "real danger" that can infiltrate the body's cells and alter its metabolism.

The report added that in light of this finding, researchers may become better equipped to understand how high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and other conditions are brought about by excessive sugar consumption.

Interestingly, the same week this news story was published, the Associated Press ran its own report noting that the Corn Refiners Association has filed an application with the Food and Drug Administration to change the name of high fructose corn syrup to "corn sugar."

The move is said to be due to the negative image that high fructose corn syrup has acquired in many quarters as obesity rates have shot up in recent years due to higher consumption of soda and other heavily sweetened products. The AP noted that even many public health advocates see little difference between high fructose corn syrup and regular sugar from a medical standpoint.

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