How sugar affects the hunger hormones of young adults


Friday, 11 December, 2020


How sugar affects the hunger hormones of young adults

Drinks with sucrose compared to glucose may cause young adults to produce lower levels of appetite-regulating hormones, according to new research.

Too much sugar consumption is a contributing factor for obesity. Sucrose, or table sugar, is composed of equal parts glucose and fructose and is often added to processed foods like soft drinks, lollies, cereal and canned foods. Glucose can be found in foods like honey and dried fruits.

The study, published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, found that when young adults consumed drinks containing sucrose, they produced lower levels of appetite-regulating hormones than when they consumed drinks containing glucose (the main type of sugar that circulates in the bloodstream).

Study author Kathleen Page, MD, of the USC Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles, said the study is the first to show how individual characteristics, including body weight, sex and insulin sensitivity, affect hormone responses to two different types of sugar, sucrose and glucose.

“These findings highlight the need to consider how individual characteristics affect the body’s responses to different types of sugar and other nutrients in our food supply.”

The researchers studied 69 young adults between the ages of 18 and 35 years old who participated in two study visits where they consumed drinks containing either sucrose or glucose. They found that when the young adults consumed drinks containing sucrose, they produced lower amounts of hormones that suppress hunger compared to when they consumed drinks containing an equal dose of glucose.

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