Fructose Has No Special Impact On Indicator Of Cardiovascular Disease
    By News Staff | December 30th 2013 08:30 AM | 2 comments | Print | E-mail | Track Comments

    In the last few years it became popular to sell health books blaming fructose for obesity and, more recently, to blame all sugars. Pancake syrup bottle today highlight that they have no high fructose corn syrup on giant labels, while the first ingredient is still corn syrup - which is still fructose, just in random rather than precise amounts.

    A new study found that fructose does not have any impact on an emerging marker for the risk of cardiovascular disease known as postprandial triglycerides - beyond the general impact of eating a lot of calories, anyway, but that applies to all foods.

    What gets left out of health fad claims is that fructose is naturally found in fruit, vegetables and honey, it is a simple sugar that together with glucose forms sucrose, the basis of table sugar. 

    Dr. John Sievenpiper, a researcher in the Clinical Nutrition and Risk Factor Modification Centre of St. Michael's Hospital, conducted a meta-analysis of existing studies on fructose and its impact on the level of triglycerides, a fat found in blood, after eating. Testing for these triglycerides—in addition to the standard testing for blood glucose levels—is becoming more common for people trying to determine their risk for cardiovascular disease, although health care professionals remain divided on its usefulness.

    "Fructose doesn't behave any differently than other refined carbohydrates," he said. "The increases you see are when fructose provides extra calories." 

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    a classic Dr. Sievenpiper hoax. More than half of the studies were done with diabetics, i.e. people who cannot metabolize sugar anyway. Plus, he compared fructose with high-fructose corn syrup, awesome idea.

    check out the competing interests of Dr. Sievenpiper and colleagues, every sugar and soft drink company shows up, and his wife works for Unilever:

    Competing interests

    J.L.S. has received research support from the Canadian Institutes of health Research (CIHR), Calorie Control Council, The Coca-Cola Company (investigator initiated, unrestricted grant), Pulse Canada, and International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research & Education Foundation. He has received travel funding, speaker fees, and/or honoraria from the American Heart Association (AHA), American College of Physicians (ACP), American Society for Nutrition (ASN), National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA), Canadian Nutrition Society (CNS), University of South Carolina, Calorie Control Council, Diabetes and Nutrition Study Group (DNSG) of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD), International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) North America, International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) Brazil, Abbott Laboratories, Pulse Canada, Canadian Sugar Institute, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, and The Coca-Cola Company. He is on the Clinical Practice Guidelines Expert Committee for Nutrition Therapy of both the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) and European Association for the study of Diabetes (EASD), as well as being on the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) writing panel for a scientific statement on the metabolic and nutritional effects of fructose, sucrose and high fructose corn syrup. He is an unpaid scientific advisor for the International Life Science Institute (ILSI) North America, Food, Nutrition, and Safety Program (FNSP). His wife is an employee of Unilever Canada. R.J.D. and J.B. have received research support from the CIHR, Calorie Control Council, and The Coca-Cola Company (investigator initiated, unrestricted). R.J.D. has served as an external resource person to the World Health Organization's (WHO) Nutrition Guidelines Advisory Group (NUGAG), and was the lead author of a systematic review and meta-analysis commissioned by the WHO of trans fatty acids and health outcomes. The WHO paid for his travel and accommodation to attend the 5th NUGAG Meeting in Hangzhou, China (4-7 Mar, 2013). L.C. a casual Clinical Research Coordinator at GI Laboratories, Toronto, Canada. L.C., V.H., A.M., and A.J.C. have received research support from the CIHR. M.D. is the Vice President, Science & Research at the American Heart Association, Dallas, Texas. A.L.J. is a part owner, Vice-President, and Director of Research of Glycemic Index Laboratories, Toronto, Canada. She has received research support from the CDA. T.M.S.W. is a part owner and the President of Glycemic Index Laboratories, Toronto, Canada and has authored several popular diet books on the glycemic index for which he has received royalties from Phillipa Sandall Publishing Services and CABI Publishers. He has received consultant fees, honoraria, travel funding, or research support from or served on the scientific advisory board for CIHR, CDA Dairy Farmers of Canada, McCain Foods, Temasek Polytechnic, Northwestern University, Royal Society of London, Glycemic Index Symbol program, CreaNutrition AG, McMaster University, Canadian Society for Nutritional Sciences, National Sports and Conditioning Association, Faculty of Public Health and Nutrition—Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon, Diabetes and Nutrition Study Group of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes. C.W.C.K. has received consultant fees, honoraria, travel funding, or research support from or served on the scientific advisory board for the CIHR, Calorie Control Council, The Coca Cola Company (investigator initiated, unrestricted), Abbott Laboratories, Advanced Food Materials Network, Almond Board of California, American Peanut Council, American Pistachio Growers, Barilla, California Strawberry Commission, Canola Council of Canada, Danone, General Mills, Hain Celestial, International Tree Nut Council, Kellogg, Loblaw Brands Ltd, Oldways, Orafti, Paramount Farms, Pulse Canada, Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, Solae and Unilever. D.J.A.J. has received consultant fees, honoraria, travel funding, or research support from or served on the scientific advisory board for the CIHR, Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), Ontario Research Fund (ORF), and Advanced Foods and Material Network (AFMNet) Calorie Control Council, The Coca Cola Company (investigator initiated, unrestricted), Barilla, Solae, Unilever, Hain Celestial, Loblaws Supermarkets, Inc., Sanitarium Company, Herbalife International, Pacific Health Laboratories, Inc., Metagenics/MetaProteomics, Bayer Consumer Care, Oldways Preservation Trust, The International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research & Education, The Peanut Institute, Procter and Gamble Technical Centre Limited, Griffin Hospital for the development of the NuVal System, Soy Advisory Board of Dean Foods, Alpro Soy Foundation, Nutritional Fundamentals for Health, Pacific Health Laboratories, Kellogg's, Quaker Oats, The Coca-Cola Sugar Advisory Board, Pepsi Company, Agrifoods and Agriculture Canada (AAFC), Canadian Agriculture Policy Institute (CAPI), The Almond Board of California, The California Strawberry Commission, Orafti, the Canola and Flax Councils of Canada, Pulse Canada, the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, and Abbott Laboratories. D.D.W., A.I.C., and L.A.L. have no declared conflicts of interest related to this paper.

    By your conspiracy theory, everyone is a special interest. That means no Republicans can believe any science funded during the Obama years, for example.

    Are you alleging that this researcher is producing fake results in return for money or that his wife's boss controls his conclusions? It's hard to know exactly what you are getting at.