Sugar linked to obesity, metabolic syndrome, fatty liver

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By JImmy Downs

Monday May 27, 2013 ( -- A new study in Pediatric Obesity suggests that drinking sugar sweetened beverages increase the risk for developing obesity, metabolic syndrome and fatty liver while lowering the intake of the beverages reduces weight gain in adults and children.

G.A. Bray and B.M Popkin from Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA, USA conducted the study and confirmed the association between consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and obesity, metabolic syndrome and fatty liver.

Previous studies have already shown that consumption of high fructose corn syrup sweetened beverages may play a role in the obesity epidemic and sucrose is just as bad as high fructose corn syrup.  And soft drinks have been linked to increased risk for obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, according to the authors.

The current study provides evidence to suggest that consuming fructose sweetened beverages was linked to increased risk for non-alcoholic fatty liver.  And sugar sweetened beverages, fruit drinks and even fruit juice may have a similar detrimental effect.  The study also found that reducing intake of sugar sweetened beverages reduces weight gain.

Meta-analyses show that sugar sweetened beverages are related to the risk for diabetes, metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease in adults and children.  Specifically, drinking 2 sugar sweetened beverages each day for six months caused symptoms of metabolic syndrome and fatty liver.  And randomized controlled trials also show lowering intake of sugar sweetened soft drinks reduced weight gain.

The study suggests that consumption of sugar sweetened beverages plays a role in the obesity epidemic and metabolic syndrome and fatty liver and weight gain can be controlled by lowering the intake of sugar sweetened beverages.

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