Added Sugar Is the Main Driver of Diabetes

A new report published to the Mayo Clinic Proceedings looked at whether there are certain components of foods that are more dangerous to the development of diabetes. In this study the researchers compared carbohydrates from similar calories. They compared glucose, starch and lactose to sugars such as sucrose and fructose. These sugars occur naturally in fruit but are most commonly eaten as sweeteners.

 

The research results indicate that added sugars are much more harmful. Fructose was considered to be a cause of lower glucose tolerance and reducing insulin levels. Fructose resulted in inflammation and high blood pressure.

 

According to the Institute of Medicine added sugar can be up to 25% of the total calories that are consumed. The American Heart Association currently recommends that women consume less than 6 teaspoons of sugar per day while men should consume only up to 9 teaspoons of sugar per day. Added sugar should make up only 5 percent of the calories that are eaten daily.

 

The researchers determined that taking in 18 percent of daily calories from added sugar can increase the risk of diabetes by two fold. The researchers believe the the main culprit for diabetes is refined carbs and added sugar. These also increase the insulin resistance and are also responsible for causing diabetes.

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