Dietary changes that have occurred during the last
one hundred years have resulted in an increased
contribution of fructose to the diet in the United
Kingdom. Over this period the total carbohydrate
intake has declined and in effect a partial dietary
substitution of glucose sources by fructose has occurred.
These dietary events have coincided with the emergence
of certain affluent diseases, the most significant
being obesity, gout, diabetes mellitus and in particular
coronary heart disease (CHD). The extent of these
diseases, their interrelationships and the possible
involvement of increased dietary sugar in the manifestation
of CHD is discussed. [Continues.]
A Master's Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Master of Philosophy at Loughborough University.