The latest post by Dr. William Davis of the Heart Scan Blog has cited a study that implicates fructose in a whole host of health problems including fat accumulation, raised LDL cholesterol, and leptin resistance. I guess that means no more raw honey for me (or at least, much much less of it). Curse my neverending sweet tooth! More on that, later.
Compared to glucose, fructose induced:
1) Four-fold greater intra-abdominal fat accumulation–3% increased intra-abdominal fat with glucose; 14.4% with fructose. (Intraabdominal fat is the variety that blocks insulin responses and causes diabetes and inflammation.)
2) 13.9% increase in LDL cholesterol but doubled Apoprotein B (an index of the number of LDL particles, similar to NMR LDL particle number).
3) 44.9% increase in small LDL, compared to 13.3% with glucose.
4) While glucose (curiously) reduced the net postprandial (after-eating) triglyceride response (area under the curve, AUC), fructose increased postprandial triglycerides 99.2%.