Everyday table sugar, and the high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) found in processed foods like soda and muesli, both contain almost the same amount of glucose and fructose. However, they have different effects on the body.
A study conducted by the University of Utah involved female mice, who were fed a diet containing 25 percent of calories from added fructose and glucose carbohydrates known as monosaccharides that are found in corn syrup. These mice died at a rate 1.87 times higher than the ones who were given a diet with added sugar. Moreover, the first batch of mice produced 26.4 percent fewer offspring than their counterparts.
The study suggests humans, especially women, could also face the ill- effects of consuming food products loaded with HFCS. They should try to keep their packaged and junk food intake to a minimum.
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