Why Fruit Juice May Worsen Food Cravings

Have you ever satisfied your sweet tooth with a piece of fruit instead of whatever's for dessert? You probably thought you were doing yourself a favor, but according to a new study, you may have made your sugary craving even worse.

In a study of 24 people published in the journal PNAS, researchers found that fructose, the naturally occurring sugar found in fruit, may heighten cravings for high-calorie foods.

Volunteers consumed a sugary drink sweetened with fructose on one day and glucose on another day. Compared to glucose, the fructose drink led to more hunger and desire for junk foods, like candy, cookies, pizza, and burgers.

However, we typically come into contact with the harmful levels of fructose in processed foods with added sweetener, like soft drinks. So if we avoid those foods, we should be able to enjoy the nutritional benefits of whole fruit without any repercussions.

Clearly, more (and larger) studies are needed, but this one shows us that different sugars can affect us differently.

So should you still reach for a handful of berries at the end of a meal? Absolutely, just not after a day of soda-chugging.

(h/t NYT)

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