Sunday, December 26, 2010

Now that we are eating so much during the holidays

About High Fructose Corn Syrup:

High-fructose corn syrup causes characteristics of obesity in rats: increased body weight, body fat and triglyceride levels.

Author(s): Bocarsly, Miriam E; Powell, Elyse S; Avena, Nicole M; Hoebel, Bartley G Source: Pharmacol Biochem Behav  Volume: 97    Issue: 1    Pages: 101-6  Published: 2010 Nov    

Rats with 12-h access to HFCS gained significantly more body weight than animals given equal access to 10% sucrose, even though they consumed the same number of total calories, but fewer calories from HFCS than sucrose. In Experiment 2, the long-term effects of HFCS on body weight and obesogenic parameters, as well as gender differences, were explored. Over the course of 6 or 7 months, both male and female rats with access to HFCS gained significantly more body weight than control groups. This increase in body weight with HFCS was accompanied by an increase in adipose fat, notably in the abdominal region, and elevated circulating triglyceride levels. Translated to humans, these results suggest that excessive consumption of HFCS may contribute to the incidence of obesity. Copyright @ 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. 

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