Fructose consumption may intensify cravings for calorie-laden foods

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon
Fructose Consumption May Intensify Cravings For Calorie-Laden Foods

If you find yourself experiencing uncontrollable cravings for calorie-laden foods, the kind of sugar you eat may be to blame.

Researchers from the University of Southern California recently found that consuming fructose may cause a heightened desire for indulgent edibles.

Their study involved a group of 24 healthy individuals who were given drinks containing either glucose or fructose.

Glucose is the sugar that's found in most carbohydrates and serves as an energy source for both the body's cells and the brain.

Fructose, which is common in fruits, honey, and vegetables, is processed through the liver.

After consuming the liquids, the study's volunteers were subjected to fMRI sessions while looking at images of food and non-edible items. They then rated how hungry they were, and were also given the option of getting an edible reward immediately or a monetary one later.

Researchers found a correlation between the intake of fructose and the decision to take the instant treat option.

The post-beverage brain scans suggested that the reward centers of the brain become much more active after fructose is consumed compared to glucose.

More on AOL:
Signs point to Boko Haram becoming weaker
Simple diet tips helped Sam Smith lose weight
Raw clip shows devastating reality of migrant crisis

Read Full Story

Sign up for Best Bites by AOL and receive delicious recipes delivered to your inbox daily!

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.