The researchers involved in the new study discovered that processed foods have a high content of fructose corn syrup.
One of the leaders of the new study, James J. DiNicolantonio, a research scientist specialized in cardiovascular disease, said that currently, type 2 diabetes is caused by the high level of fructose added in most of the processed food available on the market. Professor DiNicolantonio adds that there is a possible risk of a type 2 diabetes epidemic if people continue consuming processed food.
DiNicolantonio says that at the moment, the daily recommended dietary sugar intake is of 25%, arguing that it’s way too much, and people should reduce the daily sugar intake to a much lower percent.
According to professor DiNicolantonio, the recent studies show that once someone hits 18% compared to the 5% of the total calories from sugar, there is an increased risk of promoting serious health conditions like prediabetes and various forms of diabetes, including type 2 diabetes.
DiNicolantonio explains that people should be aware of the important fact that the overconsumption of calories does not lead to obesity, which in return leads to diabetes. He notes that this is a common misconception. The real danger comes from refined carbohydrates and added sugars. These two lead to insulin resistance and diabetes, which can lead to a high level of insulin that causes obesity.
The new study indicates the importance of cutting back from sugary products, and reducing the consumption of fructose-full food.
In his study, DiNicolantonio adds that even if one keeps the calorie intake at a normal level, sugar is very dangerous because it promotes diabetes, which itself leads to a higher percent of premature mortality
By cutting back the sugar intake by 5 to 10% of the caloric intake, one can minimize the harmful effects of sugar, especially fructose, on the insulin resistance.
Professor DiNicolantonio and his team of scientists published the new findings in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
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