Obesity, heart disease, and diabetes are on the top of the list of consequences of consuming too much added sugar. Now we can also add increased hunger to the list.
Fructose—which is found in fruit but is also added to packaged foods as ‘high-fructose corn syrup’—more intensely lights up areas of the brain connected to hunger and reward than the glucose that originates from complex carbs like whole grains, beans, and starchy vegetables.
Some British researchers are even convinced that added sugar performs a bigger role in increasing blood pressure—a key contributor to heart disease—than excess salt. Other scientists believe excess sodium and sugar deserve equal scrutiny, so the matter’s not settled yet.
Either way, high-fructose corn syrup remains substance to avoid, so consider taking store-bought baked goods, sweetened bottled drinks, cereal bars, salad dressings, canned fruit, and sauces off your kitchen playlist.
If you want to learn more, go to sugarscience.org, a website created by 12 scientists to teach peope about added sugar’s health impacts.