Fructose may be telling your brain to overeat
Fructose, the ever-present sweetener found in thousands of foods and beverages, might be telling your brain to over-eat, researchers say.
A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests a link between rising obesity rates and the consumption of fructose. The problem is that people don’t feel as full after consuming foods containing fructose as they would if they ate foods sweetened with glucose or sucrose, the common table sugar.
Researchers used magnetic resonance imaging to compare blood flow to the brain after subjects ingested both types of sugars. Those who consumed glucose but not fructose produced increased ratings of fullness, the study found.
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Corn sweetener and sugar industry associations have been critical of the study saying the amounts of fructose given to subjects was not a realistic example of everyday consumption.
Many health experts say Americans consume far too much sugar of all types and recommend reducing our daily intake leading to healthier lives.
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