Scientists Say Fructose Changes Brain To Cause Overeating_Featured_, Diet, Health-Wellness Saturday, January 5th, 2013
Eating or drinking fructose appears to cause changes in the brain that can lead to overeating, according to a new finding that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Using brain imaging, Yale University researchers discovered that fructose triggers regions of the brain that increase appetite. Fructose, which is manufactured from sugar cane, beets and corn, is often added to processed foods and drinks. Consumption of fructose has risen dramatically since the 1970s — along with obesity.
When the researchers analyzed the brain’s reaction to glucose, the scans showed people had increased levels of hormones that can make them feel full. The study sample size was small (only 20 subjects), so the results are not conclusive.