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Sugars, obesity, and cardiovascular disease: results from recent RCTs.

06 / 09 / 16

This publication is based on a presentation given in the session titled ‘Controversies about sugar consumption’ during the 12th European Nutrition Conference FENS on October 21, 2015.

The relationship between sugar consumption and health is controversial. Some investigators have argued that excessive sugar consumption is associated with increased risk of obesity, coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and excessive stimulation of brain reward pathways causing excessive caloric consumption.

However, this review of randomised trials, systematic reviews and meta-analyses do not support linkages between sugar consumption at normal levels and various adverse metabolic and health effects including those on energy-regulating hormones, obesity, CVD, diabetes, liver fat accumulation and neurologic responses.

Rippe JM, Angelopoulos TJ. Sugars, obesity, and cardiovascular disease: results from recent randomized control trials. Eur J Nutr. 2016; Availble from: doi:10.1007/s00394-016-1257-2