Study: Fructose consumption may lead to greater desire for high-calorie foods

The New York Times reports that a new study indicates that eating foods high in fructose, compared to glucose, may increase desire for high-calorie foods. The study is published in the journal PNAS and involves an experiment with 24 volunteers presented with a choice of high-calorie foods or a monetary reward after consuming fructose or glucose.

The study found that “consuming fructose produced greater responses to food cues in the orbital front cortex of the brain” and “produced greater activity in the visual cortex when volunteers looked at images of food.”

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