Fructose and its relationship with obesity

Fructose and triglycerides

Many of us are accustomed to drink a large glass of unsweetened orange juice with breakfast or a drink sweetened with lunch and dinner.

It turns out that this can be much worse than the increase only a few calories in your daily menu, especially if you are already obese.

A recent study by the Monell Center has shown that obese people who drink fructose-sweetened their meals have greater increases in triglycerides after a meal.

Triglycerides are fats produced by the body from dietary fat and are the most common form of fat transported in blood. High levels of triglycerides are associated with increased risk for atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular diseases.

In the study, 17 obese men and women were given the same food with the only difference in the sweetener used in beverages that accompanied the meal, half were sweetened with glucose and half fructose. Triglyceride levels in whole blood was higher when subjects drank fructose-sweetened beverages with your meals, compared with glucose-sweetened beverages.

The total amount of triglycerides after 24 hours was nearly 200% higher when the subjects took beverages sweetened with fructose. The largest find was that in subjects who had increased triglyceride levels were more resistant to insulin. That is the condition in which diabetes is just around the corner, so for these people, it is recommended to stay away from fructose-sweetened beverages, especially cola drinks and sweet corn syrup, in which another recent study has shown to have high levels of mercury.

The conclusion is that people, who are already obese, and those who participated in the study have already changed all their biochemistry and metabolism due to excess weight.

So, what is the best thing to drink with meals? Yes, you guessed it: water. You can also get a good taste by adding a little lemon.

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