Fructose Poses Gout Risks Even in Women

Soft drinks implicated as a potent source.

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And that's disturbing, Goran says, because unlike glucose, fructose is primarily broken down in the liver, where it can become a feedstock for new fat synthesis. Indeed, the nutritional physiologist notes, fructose is suspected of contributing to a serious and widespread condition known as fatty-liver disease.

The bottom line, Underwood says, is that reducing fructose in the diet—especially its exaggerated use in soft drinks—could do a lot to limit a sweetened beverage's health risks.


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