Researcher Dr. Kimber Stanhope of UC Davis discusses the scientific research that exists on sugar consumption and it’s effect on health and body composition.
Kimber Stanhope, PhD, RD
Kimber Stanhope, PhD, RD, is an associate research nutritional biologist in the Department of Molecular Biosciences at UC Davis. Her work focuses on investigating the effects of sugar consumption on the development of metabolic disease, utilizing well-controlled diet intervention studies in human subjects.
She has more than 20 years of nutrition research experience, focused on contributing significantly to the clinical research that will define the optimally healthy diet and delineate the mechanisms involved. She also has a decade of experience as a public health educator, working as a registered dietitian with health clubs and health management organizations, and is the author of a children’s book on nutrition.
In this episode we discuss:
- The differing metabolic effects of consuming different types of sugars (e.g. fructose, glucose, sucrose)
- The dosages that negative consequences start appearing at
- Misplaced concerns about fructose content in fruit
- Do negative effects still occur in the absence of a calorie surplus and excessive body fat gain?
- Fat accumulation at the liver
- How do artificial sweeteners compare?
- Effects of sugar consumption on hormones like leptin and adiponectin
Links & Resources:
- Stanhope & Havel (2013) – Fructose consumption: Recent results and their potential implications
- Stanhope & Havel (2011) – Endocrine and metabolic effects of consuming beverages sweetened with fructose, glucose, sucrose, or high fructose corn syrup
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