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Fructose promotes overeating, but not glucose [Full subscriber]

Researchers at the University of Southern California recently reported that fructose heightens the response of brain reward circuits to food cues, promoting feeding behaviour. Fructose is the simple sugar found in fruit, but it is added to many foods as a “refined sugar” in the form of high-fructose corn syrup. By comparison, glucose, the primary energy source for the body, is usually produced through the breakdown of complex carbohydrates. Fructose ingestion produces smaller increases in circulating satiety hormones than glucose ingestion. Further, administration of fructose directly into the brain provokes feeding in rodents, whereas glucose administered this way promotes satiety,…

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