Brain image study: Frutose may spur overeatingSubmitted by emalvini on Tue, 01/01/2013 - 22:01
Brain image study: Frutose may spur overeating
By MARILYNN MARCHIONE and MIKE STOBBE
AP Medical Writers
Posted: Jan 01, 2013 1:11 PM PST
Updated: Jan 01, 2013 1:11 PM PST
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This is your brain on sugar - for real. Scientists have used imaging tests to show for the first time that fructose, a sugar that saturates the American diet, can trigger brain changes that may lead to overeating.
After drinking a fructose beverage, the brain doesn't register the feeling of being full as it does when simple glucose is consumed, researchers found.
It's a small study and does not prove that fructose or its relative, high-fructose corn syrup, can cause obesity, but experts say it adds evidence they may play a role. These sugars often are added to processed foods and beverages, and consumption has risen dramatically since the 1970s along with obesity. A third of U.S. children and teens and more than two-thirds of adults are obese or overweight.