More Evidence Fructose Encourages Weight Gain

As I have been saying since early 2001, fructose is not a healthy sweetener, yet the delusion that fructose is an acceptable form of sugar is quite prevalent in many nutritional circles. Maybe that concept will begin to change now that another study has found that drinking a lot of soft drinks and other sweetened beverages contributes to obesity--and that fructose may be especially likely to encourage weight gain.

In the study, researchers allowed mice to freely consume either plain water or fructose-sweetened water and soft drinks. By the end of the study, the mice that consumed fructose-sweetened beverages had 90 percent more body fat than the mice that consumed water only.

While we all associate our likelihood of weight gain with the total number of calories consumed, this study confirmed another notion I've been warning of: Fructose converts to fat more than any other sugar. The researchers found that the total amount of calories consumed when someone includes fructose in their diets may not be the only cause of weight gain.

Consuming fructose may actually affect metabolism in a way that leads to more fat storage. You can limit the fructose in your diet by cutting out one of the major sources in many people's diets, high-fructose corn syrup. This substance is in not only soft drinks and fruit juices, but also:

  • Baked goods, breads and cookies
  • Canned fruits
  • Dairy products
  • Gum
  • Jams and jellies

    Yahoo News July 29, 2005

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