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Nutrients that kill: Is fructose guilty of causing the obesity epidemic?

K Purcell, P Sumithran, C Haywood, J Proietto

CAB Reviews: Perspectives in Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Nutrition and Natural Resources | Published : 2012

Abstract

Obesity has become a major health issue throughout the world. Between 1960 and 2000, fructose consumption has increased at a similar rate to that of obesity. For this reason, fructose has been postulated to contribute to obesity. This paper reviews several possible mechanisms by which dietary fructose may be linked to obesity, and examines the currently available data on the interaction of dietary fructose with the increase in rates of obesity. The majority of studies reviewed in this paper support a link between fructose consumption and obesity. However, studies that are controlled for sugar intake do not appear to support a specific effect of fructose (as opposed to glucose) in the develop..

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