While sweets are OK in moderation, new research suggests that certain types of sugars affect the brain differently. According to a study presented at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, fructose is worse for the brain’s reward center than glucose. In fact, fructose can even increase the brain’s desire for food and lead to overeating.
So what’s the difference between these sugars? Fructose is a simple sugar found in high-fructose corn syrup. Examples include soda, salad dressing, and processed snacks. Meanwhile, glucose is produced mainly through the breakdown of complex carbohydrates. Examples include most fruits, such as apples or pineapples.
As explained on Science Daily:
These studies have important public health implications in a society that is inundated with high-sugar foods and tantalizing food stimuli. They suggest that consumption of fructose may promote overeating.
This is just another reason to be mindful of the sugar you’re eating! With the holidays right around the corner, of course it’s fine to indulge. Just don’t go overboard with the high-fructose corn syrup.
For an even closer look at the effects sugar has on the body, check out “Sugar Shocker” from the September issue of Choices! Choices is a teen health and life skills magazine for middle and high school students.
Click image above to read the “Sugar Shocker” story!