Joel Callen

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Fri, 5 Jun, 2015

Eating fructose makes avoiding weight-gain impossible

Eating fructose makes avoiding weight-gain impossible

If you’re trying to lose weight, you might want to consider forgetting about counting calories, and start watching your sugar intake instead. In a recent study, scientists found that fructose bypasses the metabolism and is stored in the liver and around our organs.

The study, released earlier this week, suggests that even with calorie-controlled portions, fructose intake can lead to more fat in your liver and around vital organs. Two groups of mice were used to make the discovery; one group was fed a diet with 18 per cent fructose, and the other was given 18 per cent glucose.

Catarina Rendeiro, the study’s lead author explained, “Both experimental groups had the usual amount of calories for a mouse. They were not eating more than they should, and both groups had exactly the same amount of calories deriving from sugar.” But after just two and a half months, mice in the fructose group has significantly increased body weight, liver mass, and fat mass in comparison to the glucose group.

The researchers were careful to point out, however, that it is unclear whether the detrimental effects are caused by fructose itself or by the concurrent increase in overall energy intake.

Source: Nature.com

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