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What We’re Reading: Fretting Over Fructose

Web Team

October 24, 2008

This week at MyDiabetesCentral, Gretchen Becker writes about the dangers associated with fructose—specifically, increased blood triglycerides and risk of obesity. She discusses what this means for high-fructose corn syrup and other sweeteners, concluding that all added sugars should be avoided.

Becker also brings up a recent study on the effects of fructose on leptin, a hormone that regulates appetite and metabolism. In this experiment, laboratory mice were fed a high-fructose diet. When both these mice and other (control) mice were injected with leptin, the control mice ate less, while the fructose-fed mice did not, suggesting that they were resistant to the effects of leptin. Later, when the mice were given a high-calorie, high-fat diet, the fructose-fed mice gained more weight than the control mice.

This doesn’t mean, however, that you should avoid fruits because they contain fructose; most offer substantial health benefits, and some are even known as super fruits for their antioxidant activity.

This blog entry was written by Editorial Assistant Quinn Phillips.



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