Research Commentary| Volume 110, ISSUE 9, P1296-1299, September 2010

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Weighing in on Added Sugars and Health

      In this issue of the Journal, Lustig contends that a reduction in fructose consumption is necessary to combat the obesity epidemic (
      • Lustig R.H.
      Fructose: Metabolic, hedonic, and societal parallels with ethanol.
      ). His review is one of many recently that is focused on the adverse health effects of increased intakes of sugars, especially added sugars and those coming from sugar-sweetened beverages. Although registered dietitians have for years focused on fat as the macronutrient most associated with chronic disease, it has become increasingly clear that the amount and quality of carbohydrates in the diet may be equally as important as fats to reduce diet-related chronic disease.
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      R. K. Johnson is associate provost and a professor of nutrition, Nutrition and Food Sciences, The University of Vermont, Burlington.


      B. A. Yon is a research specialist, Nutrition and Food Sciences, The University of Vermont, Burlington.