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Weighing the Adverse Effects of Fructose vs. Glucose

March 17, 201415 min
Hosted by: Larry Kaskel
Guest: Kimber Stanhope
Which is worse: fructose-sweetened drinks or glucose-sweetened drinks? For some time, we have lacked consensus on the degree of punishment our bodies take from drinks sugared by these common saccharines. For now, fructose may again be wearing the crown, scoring unhealthy points in abdominal adiposity, and triglyceride and LDL levels, among other categories. Nutritional biologist Dr. Kimber Stanhope, from the University of California, Davis, joins host Dr. Larry Kaskel to shed some new light on this enduring debate. The lead author of a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation on the consumption of fructose-sweetened and glucose-sweetened beverages, Dr. Stanhope also explains that there is little value in directly applying these results to fruits, because fruits confer other important health benefits.

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