Fructose Adds To Obesity

You may want to reconsider that 64 ounce Super Big Gulp.

According to Bloomberg News:

ObesityFructose, a sweetener found on many food labels, may contribute to weight gain and obesity because it has minimal effect on brain regions that control appetite, a study by Yale University researchers found.


The research, published yesterday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, is the first to compare the human brain’s response to both fructose and glucose, two types of simple sugars used separately and together to sweeten food.

The study found that fructose turns-off the switch in our brains that controls our appetite.  Again, this isn’t groundbreaking since researchers have always suspected such a link.  It’s research such as this Yale study that gives guys like New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg the evidence he needs to ban the aforementioned Super Big Gulp.

By the way, I don’t favor that approach because once you ban things, human beings will want them.

I wanted to post one of the last paragraphs in the story because I think it’s important:

Fructose is largely derived within the food industry from sugar cane, beets and corn. It’s added to foods and drinks because it is so sweet, helping food maintain its sweetness over longer periods of time and through the freezing process. While corn is also high in glucose, high-fructose corn syrup that’s added to processed foods, sodas, juices and sauces is made by adding fructose to corn syrup.

Taxpayers pay an exorbitant amount of cash in the form of farm subsidies to give mega-agriculture companies money to create high fructose corn syrup.  Then, we eat this stuff, which causes health problems, and leads us to spend billions in drugs to treat these ailments.

I don’t know about you, but I’d consider that wasteful spending, and not getting a whole lot of return on investment.

If there’s going to be a serious discussion on cutting spending, farm subsidies has to be one of the major issues we examine.  To ignore it would be a crime.

Now, back to my M&M’s.



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