According to researchers at John Hopkins University, the consumption of higher levels of fructose could lead to a greater incidence of obesity and type 2 diabetes risk. High energy foodstuffs and a sedentary lifestyle has been behind increased levels of overweight people.
The team studied brain processes based around the appetite, showing how glucose and fructose operate in the brain. They found that fructose increases food intake.
Daniel Lane, lead researcher, reportedly commented: “We feel that these findings may have particular relevance to the massive increase in the use of high fructose sweeteners (both high fructose corn syrup and table sugar) in virtually all sweetened foods, most notably soft drinks . The per capita consumption of these sweeteners in the USA is about 145 lbs/year and is probably much higher in teenagers/youth that have a high level of consumption of soft drinks. There is a large literature now that correlates, but does not prove that a culprit in the rise of teenage obesity may be fructose.”

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