Dietary Sugars and Health

Michael I. Goran, Luc Tappy, Kim-Anne Lê

December 10, 2014 by CRC Press
Reference - 418 Pages - 6 Color & 50 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781466593770 - CAT# K20621


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  • Emphasizes the metabolic, physiological, and public health implications of dietary sugars and sugar-based products
  • Provides a historical perspective and population trends in consumption of sugars
  • Discusses production processes of sucrose, high-fructose corn syrup, as well as caloric and non-caloric artificial sweeteners
  • Presents information on effects of sugars in the brain as well as genetic and epigenetic effects of sugars including gene–diet interactions
  • Covers various public health aspects including consumption patterns and requirements, obesity in children, chronic diseases in adults, dental health, sugar and food labeling, and public health policy implications related to sugars



Sugar consumption is suspected to play an important role in the pathogenesis of diabetes, cardiovascular disorders, fatty liver disease, and some forms of cancers. Dietary sugars—fructose in particular—also have a potential role in obesity and metabolic diseases.

Dietary Sugars and Health presents all aspects of dietary sugars as they relate to health and disease. It provides a review of the current science related to dietary sugars, ranging from historical and cultural perspectives to food science and production to basic research, animal trials, human pathophysiology, epidemiology, and public health policy implications. Each chapter features a concise, thorough summary of the current knowledge, including an overview of cutting-edge research, controversies, and future perspectives.

The book provides a balanced approach through global and multidisciplinary contributions as well as input from various sectors, from academia to the food and beverage industry. The overall collection provides readers with a balanced and complete view of the science related to dietary sugars and health.

This book is an invaluable reference for food scientists, nutrition scientists, clinical and translational researchers, obesity researchers, physiologists, public health scientists, and policy makers.