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Sugar as Cholesterol Culprit

Sugar as Cholesterol Culprit

Eating sugar raises heart disease risk factors such as cholesterol and triglycerides. For years, Americans were admonished to avoid cholesterol and saturated fat to control blood lipids. Sugary snacks didn’t seem to be a threat. Now, research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that caloric sweeteners such as sugar and high fructose corn syrup can have a significant negative impact on LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and triglycerides. Over 6,000 adults filled out dietary questionnaires and had blood drawn. Those who consumed the greatest percentage of calories from added sugars were most likely to have low levels of good HDL cholesterol. They also had higher triglyceride levels, which is an independent risk factor for heart disease. Perhaps it’s time for Americans to start paying more attention to refined carbohydrates as a heart health risk.
[JAMA, April 21, 2010]

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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