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High fructose corn syrup, sugary drinks linked to risk of heart disease

23 April, 2015 3:21 PM
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Researchers at the University of Davis have directly linked the syrup in soft drinks to higher rates of heart disease in consumers.

As of now, it is fairly common knowledge that sugary soft drinks are bad for your health, and a new study has revealed yet another problem caused by soda consumption: heart disease.

This new study, for the first time, has directly linked the syrup in sugary drinks directly to an increase risk for heart disease, CBS News reports. According to the research, not only can this be detrimental to your long term health, but it also does not take that much to raise your risk.

This data comes from researchers at the University of Davis, who conducted a study on 85 healthy people between the ages of 18 and 40. During the study, researchers gave some participants drinks with varying levels of high fructose corn syrup, while others received sugar-free beverages. Blood tests were taken on an hourly basis to check for changes in levels of lipoproteins, triglycerides and uric acid, all of which can put people at a higher risk for heart disease. After just two weeks, researchers found that those who drank drinks with high fructose corn syrup had a much larger heart disease risk factors in their blood.

The new study, which will be published in the June issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, reinforces results from an earlier epidemiological study showing that the risk of death from cardiovascular disease increases as sugar consumption increases. It also reinforces the notion that humans are very sensitive to the amount of sugar they intake. In the study, heart disease risk factors increased as the dose of high fructose corn syrup went up, but even those who consumed the smallest level of added sugars (10 percent) showed an increased risk as well. Both the American Heart Association and the World Health Organization recommend people get no more than 5 percent of their total daily calories from added sugars. For reference, that’s about 100 sugar calories someone on a 2,000-calorie diet, or just the amount of sugar in a typical 6-ounce serving of vanilla yogurt.


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