Corn Syrup in Soda Can Lead to Overeating

As I have been saying for some time now, fructose is not something that should be in your diet. Consuming too much fructose--a form of sugar found in corn syrup, honey and fruit--appears to alter levels of hormones involved in appetite regulation in a way that could encourage overeating, a new study suggests. After people in the study ate a meal followed by a drink flavored with the same amount of fructose found in two cans of soda, they showed relatively low levels of insulin and leptin, hormones that help people know that they are full. On the other hand, they showed relatively high levels of ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates eating. Researchers recommended that people limit their intake of soda and other drinks containing large amounts of fructose. They said that while there is no way to avoid fructose, which is a natural molecule, drinking large amounts of it in soda, without any other nutrients, is not natural. You may also be interested to read my blog entry earlier this week that found people who drank one sugar-sweetened soda a day were 85 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism June 4, 2004;89(6):2963-72

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