According to a recent article in the New York Times, our brains respond to sweet things but not always in the same way. A research study by the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine, the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation and the Yale Diabetes Research Center, explains that there are two types of sweet chemical combinations: sucrose and glucose. When injected into the brains of mice, the two energy sources produce very different results: “glucose blunts hunger signals, whereas fructose stimulates them.”
Then the researchers behind this study set out to try this on humans. Here’s what they found:
“Blood flow and activity in brain areas controlling appetite, emotion and reward decreased after consuming a drink with glucose, and participants reported greater feelings of fullness. In contrast, after drinking fructose, the brain appetite and reward areas continued to stay active, and participants did not report feeling full.”
Well, well, well. For a sweet-tooth like me. I got all excited. Now I can satisfy those sweet cravings with something that’s actually good for me: glucose!
Not so fast. You see most sweet stuff is a combination of the two, and fructose dominates.
And this is where the research ends. There’s nothing we can do about this at this inequality at this point except be more educated about it.
Or perhaps one of you trailblazers out there can convince the food and bev industry to make glucose-only products?
I would totally jump on the band wagon!