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What We’re Reading: Fretting Over Fructose

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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.

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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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