Fructose (Agave or HFCS), not glucose, elevates cardiovascular risk

This could be one of the most direct studies showing the difference between consuming fructose and glucose.

In this study, researchers examined 48 adults between the ages of 18 and 40 years and compared the effects of consuming 25 percent of one’s daily calorie requirement as glucose, fructose or high fructose corn syrup on risk factors for cardiovascular disease. They found that within two weeks, study participants consuming fructose or high fructose corn syrup, but not glucose, exhibited increased concentrations of LDL cholesterol, triglycerides and apolipoprotein-B (a protein which can lead to plaques that cause vascular disease).

Only the Fructose and HFCS groups had elevated risks for cardiovascular disease.  The Glucose group was fine!  This has probably been one of the best things to come out of learning Paleo, fructose is terrible for you.

“Our findings demonstrate that several factors associated with an elevated risk for cardiovascular disease were increased in individuals consuming 25 percent of their calories as fructose or high fructose corn syrup, but consumption of glucose did not have this effect.”

As I’ve said before, the only sweetener people should try to use is Brown Rice Syrup because it’s all starch molecules.  Enjoy!