This does not mean that you should stop eating fruits. The primary sources of fructose are sugar (sucrose) and high fructose corn syrup.
It is interesting to note that as fructose consumption world wide has increased so has the rate of diabetes. Excessive intake of fructose induces features of metabolic syndrome (Johnson RJ, et al. 2009).
The metabolic syndrome is a condition which includes insulin resistance, the stage before developing type 2 diabetes. It usually also includes elevated blood pressure and increased cholesterol and triglycerides.
One of the reasons fructose is inducing metabolic syndrome seems to be by raising uric acid levels. Extensive experimental and clinical data support uric acid as being involved in the development of the metabolic syndrome.
The researchers of this study states that simple public health measures could have a major impact on improving overall health.
Start to read labels and avoid products which use fructose as a sweetener. Also avoid products with high sugar content. Juices, shakes, soft drinks and other sweet beverages are big sources of both. Processed foods in general contain these ingredients to make it taste better and therefore sell better.
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