Sweeteners used in sparkling beverages, biscuits, cakes and ice cream can be fueled ADHD According to a new study, for children.
Fructose reduces intracellular energy, triggers a “foraging” response similar to starvation, and makes it risky and aggressive.
Overeating is associated with cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and dementia. It is called “the most deadly sugar in the world”.
Now scientists have discovered that it causes mania behavior-and the reason can be traced back to human evolution.
First Author Professor Richard Johnson University of Colorado, States as follows. “We provide evidence that fructose causes a foraging response similar to that that occurs in starvation by reducing intracellular energy.”
It stimulates risk-taking, impulsivity, the pursuit of novelty, rapid decision-making, and aggression that helps secure food for survival.
Excessive activation of this process by excessive sugar intake causes conditions ranging from ADHD to bipolar disorder-and even aggression, he explained.
Professor Johnson added: “While the fructose pathway was aimed at helping survival, fructose intake surged in the last century and may be overdose due to the high sugar content of the current Western diet. . “
Fructose is found in fruits and its effects are naturally counteracted. But when it’s refined and added to sweet products, it’s worse for you than glucose.
“Rather than blame the aggressive behavior against sugar, we note that it may be a contributor,” said Professor Johnson.
The World Health Organization claims that eating small amounts a day is okay. However, most people in the UK are consuming too much and a “sugar tax” was introduced in April 2018.
According to experts, sweet foods to reduce are sweets, cakes, biscuits, chocolate and sparkling drinks, many of which contain fructose.
Professor Johnson said: “Behavioral disorders are common and are associated with obesity and the Western diet.
“Overdose of fructose in the form of high fructose corn syrup and refined sugar can make a significant contribution to these conditions.”
“Identifying fructose as a risk factor does not deny the importance of the genetic, family, physical, emotional and environmental factors that shape mental health,” he added.
He said the cause of mental illness remains a mystery despite decades of research, and the key may lie in anthropology.
In the case of wild animals, the source of fructose was limited to honey and fruits, or fructose produced in the body.
However, with the introduction of refined sugar and high fructose corn syrup, consumption has increased 40-fold since the 1700s.
Professor Johnson said: “Therefore, Western societies eat far more fructose than nature intended. In fact, this” overactivation of survival pathways “has played a major role in promoting the obesity and diabetes epidemics. ..
“One of the consequences of fructose-based survival pathways is that they stimulate the foraging response.
“The foraging response shares similarities with certain behavioral disorders, including ADHD, bipolar disorder, and even aggressive behavior.
“For example, in one study, subjects who scored higher on ADHD characteristics showed more exploratory behavior, consistent with the idea that ADHD may reflect a type of foraging response. There was a tendency.
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“Here, high sugar intake may be a major stimulus to this foraging response that may help promote impulsivity, attention deficit, hyperactivity disorder, and mania-related externalized behavioral disorders. I present the hypothesis that there is. “
Previous studies have found that rats fed fructose water for two months gained more weight than rats fed glucose-spike water.
They also had high levels of harmful fat in the bloodstream and unhealthy arteries.
“High glycemic index” cooked starch products and salty foods such as white rice, pasta, and potatoes may also contribute because they can be converted to fructose in the body.
Professor Johnson said: “Several studies suggest that uric acid produced during fructose metabolism may mediate some of these effects.”
He added: “Chronic stimulation of the pathway can lead to desensitization of the hedonic response and can induce depression.
“In conclusion, the hyperactive foraging response caused by hyperglycemic carbohydrates and sugars can contribute to affective disorders.”
This study is published in Evolution and Human Behavior.