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Corn syrup could shorten life and diminish reproduction rates. An experiment conducted on female mice showed that corn syrup could be much more toxic on women than table sugar.
Researchers from University of Utah published an only study about the toxicity of corn syrup. The study has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and by the National Science Foundation. Biology professor Wayne Pots, lead author of the study said that this research is one of the first to show the differences between the effects of fructose/glucose found in corn syrup and sucrose or sugar.
During the study, a female mouse was given a diet consisting of 25% of calories coming from fructose and glucose. This type of carbohydrates are known as monosaccharides found in corn syrup. The mice died at a rate 1.87 higher than a mice who was given a diet containing 25% of calories coming from sucrose.
The experiment showed, that the female mice on the fructose/glucose diet, showed to be less fertile. It produced with 26.4 % less babies than the female mice on the table sugar diet.
According to Doctor Wayne Pots, with male mice the story was different. Male mice who have been put on high fructose or sucrose diets showed no effects regarding life duration or reproduction. Scientists haven’t yet found an immediate clear answer. Doctor Pots said it could be possible that both types of sugar to be bad for male mice.
After this study, scientists are lead to believe that women’s health could be threatened by the toxicity of corn syrup, a type of sugar which is found in many processed foods. Statistics have shown that 13% to 25 % of Americans have diets that contain more than 25% of calories coming from added sugars.
The results of the study were fast counter attacked by the Corn Refiners Association who said that the research had no scientific ground:
“The physiological and psychological differences between humans and rodents are so diverse that you simply cannot compare the two when determining the health impact of any food or ingredient,” said the group in a statement.
The study will be published in March in the printed of the Journal of Nutrition.
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