Health News: Fructose Stimulates Appetite

Fructose consumption leads to further hunger whereas glucose consumption promotes feelings of fullness, according to a study recently published in JAMA. According to the article, “Increases in fructose consumption have paralleled the increasing prevalence of obesity, and high-fructose diets are thought to promote weight gain and insulin resistance … central administration of fructose provokes feeding in rodents, whereas centrally administered glucose promotes satiety. Thus, fructose possibly increases food-seeking behavior and increases food intake.”

An accompanying editorial from Jonathan Q. Purnell, MD, and Damien A. Fair, PhD, of Oregon Health & Science University said, “…the advances in food processing and economic forces leading to increased intake of added sugar and accompanying fructose in US society are indeed extending the supersizing concept to the population’s collective waistlines.”