Monday, June 28, 2010

More Evidence Added Sugar Makes us Sick, Fat

Source: Health Day (Summary by NIM)

We all know junk food is bad for us - after all, that's where it gets it's name from! Recent studies have pointed to the fact that added sugars in pop and junk food can increase our risk of cancer, diabetes and obesity, but a new study suggests that there's even more to the story.

Fructose, the main sugar that gets added to manufactured food and beverages, has now been found to increase the size and number of our fat cells, according to a new study. The study focused on childhood obesity by using fat cells from children, and found that exposure to large amounts of fructose caused the fat cells to multiply at a much faster rate. The researchers believe that this is a main cause of childhood obesity, leading to further health complications in adulthood.

Although the findings are intriguing, they are only based on one study, and a study of cells (not even on humans) at that! Caution needs to be exercised when interpreting such findings, and as a result, more research needs to be done before any conclusive evidence can be drawn.

Find out more about this study and what it might mean by reading the article called
"'Junk Food' Sugar May Help Some Fat Cells Proliferate" from Health Day (June 20, 2010).