The health risk of an excessive intake of fructose


Authors: K. Papežová ;  V. Mlčochová ;  H. Matějová
Authors‘ workplace: Lékařská fakulta Masarykovy Univerzity, Brno ;  Ústav preventivního lékařství ;  Přednostka: prof. MUDr. Zuzana Brázdová, DrSc.
Published in: Prakt. Lék. 2011; 91(7): 385-388
Category: Reviews

Overview

A relentless increase in the number of people who are overweight or obese has been witnessed recently, which is related to the rise of many illnesses, especially type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

The most frequent cause of being overweight and/or obese is a positive energetic balance; where macronutrients play a key role. Every single person has different energetic needs for enabling suitable functioning of the body and different energetic needs for performing physical activity. Energy, which is taken in that is excess to the needs of human organism, is mainly received in the form of

– polysaccharides,

– fats, and

– alcoholic drinks.

Recently, attention has focused on carbohydrates that have been added to foods and drinks but which are not natural components of human diet. According to the studies available, the excessive intake of carbohydrates, especially fructose, is the cause of many illnesses.

Key words:
carbohydrates, fructose, health risks, obesity, metabolic syndrome.


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