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High-Fructose Corn Syrup Prompts Considerably More Weight Gain, Researchers Find

ScienceDaily (Mar. 22, 2010) — A Princeton University research team has demonstrated that all sweeteners are not equal when it comes to weight gain: Rats with access to high-fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those with access to table sugar, even when their overall caloric intake was the same.

In addition to causing significant weight gain in lab animals, long-term consumption of high-fructose corn syrup also led to abnormal increases in body fat, especially in the abdomen, and a rise in circulating blood fats called triglycerides. The researchers say the work sheds light on the factors contributing to obesity trends in the United States.

"Some people have claimed that high-fructose corn syrup is no different than other sweeteners when it comes to weight gain and obesity, but our results make it clear that this just isn't true, at least under the conditions of our tests," said psychology professor Bart Hoebel, who specializes in the neuroscience of appetite, weight and sugar addiction. "When rats are drinking high-fructose corn syrup at levels well below those in soda pop, they're becoming obese -- every single one, across the board. Even when rats are fed a high-fat diet, you don't see this; they don't all gain extra weight."

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( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 23rd, 2010 03:21 pm (UTC)
Big f'n surprise...
Mar. 23rd, 2010 04:05 pm (UTC)
No suprise. The body absorbs fructose and glucose directly, while it's got to break sucrose down via an enzyme before it can absorb it. So the body can control how fast it absorbs sugar (mostly sucrose) by controlling that enzyme, while HFCS (fructose and glucose) it has to just sit there and drink from the fire hose.
Mar. 24th, 2010 03:33 am (UTC)
Mar. 27th, 2010 02:47 am (UTC)
Hmm. Then by extrapolation ethanol made from corn will cause my Toyota Corolla to grow into a Cadillac Deville?
Mar. 29th, 2010 01:58 am (UTC)
More likely an Edsel. :)
Mar. 27th, 2010 09:14 pm (UTC)
That stuff is just plain nasty. I think getting rid of it would do more good than getting rid of the various other things in food that people get agitated over.
Mar. 29th, 2010 01:58 am (UTC)
If it's NOT one of the major causes of the "obesity epidemic" (along with such things as sufficient food all one's life and the redefinition of obesity to fit the whims of insurance companies) I'll be amazed.
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