Does sugar consumption affect cholesterol levels?

Cholesterol: Beware of too much sugar

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Soft drinks contain a lot of sugar. So it is obvious that the sweet drinks also make you fat in the long run. However, a large number of caloric sweeteners, which are also found in many ready-made meals, not only make you fat, they can also increase cholesterol, according to a recent study from the USA.

There is sugar in many ready-made meals

Many soft drinks as well as ready meals contain normal table sugar (sucrose) or fruit sugar (fructose). In the industrialized nations, especially in the USA, more and more people are eating ready-made products instead of cooking themselves. Therefore, they also consume a larger amount of sucrose and fructose.

The proportion of fructose in particular has increased enormously, as this form of sugar is inexpensive to manufacture and fructose is sweeter than table sugar. Therefore, many manufacturers of finished products are replacing table sugar with fructose.

What does sugar have to do with cholesterol levels?

US researchers led by Dr. Miriam B. Vos from Atlanta conducted a large-scale study examining how sugar consumption affects cholesterol and blood lipid levels. They analyzed the influence of sugar in 6,113 US citizens, who were divided into five groups based on the amount of added sugar in their diet.

In the result, the US scientists were able to identify a clear connection between the amount of fructose supplied and the cholesterol level. The higher the percentage of fructose, the worse the cholesterol levels.

The more fruit sugar, the worse the cholesterol levels

On average, people consumed 16 percent of their calories from caloric sweeteners. If this proportion was less than 5 percent, the “good” HDL cholesterol value was 58.7 mg / dl, the triglyceride value was 105 mg / dl.

If US citizens consumed more than 25 percent of their calories through sweeteners, the good cholesterol value was 47.7 mg / dl, the bad triglyceride value was 114 mg / dl. This means a significant deterioration in blood lipid levels. In women, the scientists were also able to determine a negative trend in the “bad” LDL cholesterol. The more fructose, the higher the LDL level in women.

Due to the worsened blood lipid levels, the test subjects also had an increased risk of heart disease.

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