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Meta-Analysis Shows That Sugar Contributes To Risk Factors For Heart Disease

May 15, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
New Zealand researchers who analyzed nearly 50 years of clinical study data from around the world  found that sugars contribute to cardiovascular risk, no matter what a person’s weight is. Data from 49 studies were collected and pooled for analysis. The researchers acknowledged that the effects of sugars on blood pressure and lipids were “relatively modest”, but stressed that the findings support public health recommendations to reduce added sugar in diets. They suggested that the human body somehow handles sugar metabolism differently from other carbohydrates.
L. A. Te Morenga et al., "Dietary sugars and cardiometabolic risk: systematic review and meta-analyses of randomized controlled trials of the effects on blood pressure and lipids. ", American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, May 15, 2014, © American Society for Nutrition
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