Recent research tells that Fructose, commonly known as ‘fruit sugar’, unlike its brother molecule Glucose, does not fulfill the feeling of hunger and stimulates the human brain to consume more food.
Brain imaging tests are being conducted by scientists to show that this sugar which is commonly found in fruits, sugarcane and honey etc can cause overeating. Whether or not this leads to obesity is still being researched but it can be assumed that it is one of the many contributing factors.
With a sudden rise in the usage of processed food and beverages, in which Fructose is abundant, a directly proportional increase in obesity has also been observed in the U.S. According to sources, a third of U.S. children and teens and more than two-thirds of adults are obese or overweight.
Magnetic resonance and MRI scans on 20 young, normal-weighing people were used for tracking blood flow inside the human brain where it was found that after consuming glucose, it suppresses the activity of the areas of the brain which are sensitive to the desire for having food or the feeling of hunger whereas Fructose does not. Therefore the urge to eat more, after having beverages or food containing fruit sugar, continues.