Fructose off the hook for overweight and obesity?

Dietary research is a fool’s errand — it’s too complex.

WebMD reports:

When it comes to weight gain, fructose should not be singled out for blame, a new review of the scientific literature suggests.

The review, in the Annals of Internal Medicine, shows that excessive calories — and not any unique properties of fructose — are more likely to lead to extra pounds.

“Is fructose really the source of all metabolic evil?” says researcher John Sievenpiper, MD, PhD, of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. “From our standpoint, it does not look like it is”.

However, the authors acknowledge that many of the studies they reviewed had serious shortcomings. Therefore, their conclusions are, in a word, inconclusive.

“Overall, the evidence from our analysis is too preliminary to guide food choices in the context of real-world intake patterns,” they write…

Read the entire report.


  1. The current obsession with obesity is a convenient distraction. Our education establishment is using it to portray themselves as “saviors” of our children and using it to draw attention away fro a failed education system that is only producing illiterates.

  2. The research has a surprising result that weight gain has something to do with net calories (consumed -expended), however, some experts disagree. I find arguments that hexose isomers have significantly different calorie content, but I’m not a medical expert. I’m continually amazed at the myths and mysteries from the weight control industry. Go to any weight loss site and be amazed.


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