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Fight Fructose Flab

Saturday, January 20, 2006 by Denise Austin

Scientists have identified a new enemy in the fight against obesity: fruit sugars. A study by University of Florida researchers found that fruit sugars contained in sweeteners like fructose and corn syrup might set up a biochemical reaction in your body that causes your cells to store the sugar directly as fat! And that, researchers say, leads to fast and easy weight gain. That same biochemical reaction can raise your risk for another serious health threat: metabolic problems, such as type 2 diabetes.

Fruit sugars have taken over our diets in the past few decades, thanks to our tendency to reach for what's convenient. Corn syrup can be found in a wide variety of convenience foods, most notably in sodas and processed foods. So what can you do to escape the cycle? Opt for water instead of soda, and wholesome foods made from scratch instead of pre-made meals. Remember to read your labels! Fruit sugars are sneaky, and may be lurking in foods you don't suspect. And any ingredient that tells your cells it's time to start storing fat is one you want to steer clear of!

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