Just a quick glance at the ingredient lists from items found in your local grocery store and it becomes very apparent that high fructose corn syrup is a popular component of many foods and beverages. The ultra sugary ingredient can often be found in processed foods and beverages that are relatively new to the market and have been popularized over the last 40 years.
Whether or not fructose is any better or worse for you than sugar has been up for debate in recent years, but a new study reports that the sweetener may have some negative effects on our eating habits. Fox News reports about the Yale University study that reveals fructose may trigger a part of our brain that leads to overeating.
Researchers involved in the study had normal weight participants scanned using MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) before and after drinking beverages containing fructose and glucose. After participants drank the glucose (or sugar water) scientists noticed that the area of the brain that desires more food was turned off.
But after drinking the fructose sweetened drink scientists saw no change in this area of the brain and a Yale University endocrinologist Dr. Robert Sherwin explains, “As a result, the desire to eat continues - it isn't turned off.” Participants who drank the fructose also reported being more hungry than those who drank the glucose beverage.
Dr. Jonathan Purnell, an endocrinologist at Oregon Health & Science University, explains what the findings could mean for our health and the foods we choose to eat. Dr. Purnell says, “It implies that fructose, at least with regards to promoting food intake and weight gain, is a bad actor compared to glucose.” And he also adds that cooking more at home and limiting processed foods can easily cut down on the amount of fructose we consume.
What do you think of the new study that finds consuming fructose can lean to overeating?
Do you try to limit the amount of high fructose corn syrup containing products you purchase?