from Natural News:
Soybean oil is more likely to induce diabetes and metabolic syndrome than pure fructose, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of California-Riverside and published in the journal PLOS ONE.
“That was a surprise, given that most people think that unsaturated fatty acids are supposed to be healthy,” lead author Poonamjot Deol said.
The study was designed to evaluate different types of fat in comparison with sugar to determine how they increase the risk of the cluster of symptoms known as metabolic syndrome. These symptoms — central obesity, high fasting blood glucose, high triglycerides, high blood pressure, and low HDL (“good”) cholesterol — are associated with a significantly increased risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Saturated fats are the healthiest type
The researchers fed mice one of four diets. The first two diets derived 40 percent of their calories from fat to approximate the typical U.S. diet. In the first of these, all of the fat came from coconut oil, which is mostly saturated fat. In the second one, half the fat came from coconut oil and half came from soybean oil, which is mostly polyunsaturated fat. This second diet was similar to the amount of soybean oil consumed in the average U.S. diet.
The other two diets contained the same amount of calories and roughly the same volume of food, but some of the fat was replaced with fructose in levels similar to that consumed in the average U.S. diet.
The fructose diets were the highest in sugar, so the researchers believed that mice on these diets would add more body fat and develop more insulin resistance. Indeed, the mice on the fructose diets gained about 12 percent more weight than those on the saturated fat-heavy coconut oil diet.
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