Sugary drinks directly linked to heart disease

24 April

The daily consumption of sugary drinks has been identified as a major factor for increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease by researchers at the University of California.

This is the first time a direct link between drinks sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup and heart disease has been established and linked to dosages.

Participants in the study were given sweetened drinks that contained either zero per cent, ten per cent, 17.5 per cent or 25 per cent of their daily recommended calorie increase in high-fructose corn syrup.

At the beginning and end of the study, their blood was monitored for changes in the levels of lipoproteins, triglycerides and uric acid, which are known to be predictors of heart disease.
It was found that the more high-fructose corn syrup the participants had consumed, the more likely they were to exhibit risk factors, and the more pronounced those factors were likely to be.

Posted by Phillip Briggs

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