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Love Candies and Corn Syrup? Think Again
A latest research conducted by the health researchers concluded that the toxic effects of high fructose corn syrup lead to the decreased lifespan in the mice in today’s news. In fact, the female mice lost their ability to reproduce along with their life span by consuming the amount of corn syrup for the duration of forty weeks in proportion taken by the Americans. The study is yet to publish in The Journal of Nutrition and is bound to change the perception of people towards corn syrup and table sugar.
It must be noted that the health complications that arose were a lot more complex in the female mice than they were in the male ones. The consumption of the mixture of fructose-sucrose syrup deducted the life span of the female mice as well as reduced their ability of reproduction. While the male ones, only suffered from the reduction in lifespan.
The mice were given a healthy diet for 40 weeks and a portion of their diet, 25%, was added glucose and fructose monosaccharides after which they were kept in a controlled atmosphere for a period of 32 weeks. The 25% portion of the mixture came from a previous study according to which almost thirteen to fifteen percent of Americans consume 25% or more of added sugar in the form of corn syrup, table sugar and other means of high fructose foods.
The author of the study, James Ruff said in today’s news that Americans consume 44% of additional sucrose, 42% of corn syrup which is high in fructose and other combinations of glucose and fructose which make up for 14% of their whole diet. The researchers say that there is a difference between sucrose and high fructose containing corn syrup due to their molecular formation.
The 160 mice used in the study were normal mice found in the houses as the researchers wanted to make sure that the circumstances and competition among them are as natural as possible. They were kept in the manmade mouse barns where they had to compete against each other for mates, food and territory. The barn housed around fourteen to twenty female mice and eight to ten male mice each.
The female mice that were kept on a glucose-fructose food diet were found to have 1.87 times higher rate of death than the female mice who were solely on sucrose diet. The former females also found to have a reduced fertility which was less by 26.4% than the other mice.
This study has certainly shed light on the effects of added sugar in an average human’s life. It has always been advised by the nutritionists and health experts in recent health articles that processed sugar is injurious to health which also increases the risk of obesity and diabetes in the humans.
Lisa M. Jones graduated from UCLA with a Masters in English. She has a passion for storytelling and collaborating with other talented writers. Her day to day experiences inspires her to write and cover all subject matter.
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