Does Fructose Intake Contribute to Common Behavioral Disorders?

Does Fructose Intake Contribute to Common Behavioral Disorders?

For the paper, researchers theorized that excessive intake of fructose, which is present in refined sugars and high fructose corn syrup, may play a role in behavioral disorders associated with obesity and a Western diet. Fructose lowers energy in cells, triggering a foraging response similar to the body’s reaction to starvation. “While the fructose pathway was meant to aid survival, fructose intake has skyrocketed during the last century and may be in overdrive due to high amounts of sugar that are in the Western diet,” said Johnson. Researchers stressed that they’re not saying sugar causes aggressive behavior but that it may contribute to this problem. For related coverage, read “Can Soda Increase Women’s Cardiovascular Risk?” and “Excessive Consumption of Sugary Drinks Linked to Increased Risk of Death.”

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