Adverse Effects of Fructose: Bipolarity, Attention Disorders, Aggression

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Natural or synthetic fructose, found in our dishes every day, could increase the risk of behavioral disorders, according to a recent American study. It is found in agave and maple syrup, in honey, in vegetables or in fresh and dried fruits: fructose is a natural ingredient, with sweetening power, found in many food products.

Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, overweight: the harmful effects of fructose already known

This carbohydrate, which also exists in a synthetic form, to be added to culinary preparations, has already been the subject of several studies that warned of its harmful effects on health. This "sugar" would actually promote the onset of diabetes, increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and being overweight, even obesity.

But while several studies have already shown the negative impact on the body, consuming too much fructose, of this natural or synthetic glucose, could also have an effect on mental health.

This is what a recent study by American researchers from the University of Colorado in Denver (United States) reveals.

Fructose consumption could be associated with behavior problems

Their work, published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior, suggests that "conditions like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, and even aggressive behavior may be related to sugar consumption."

"We present evidence that fructose, by reducing energy in cells, triggers a food-seeking response similar to that which occurs in famine," said Professor Richard Johnson, lead author of the study.

The specialist indicates that the search for food triggered by the consumption of fructose, would stimulate risk taking, impulsivity, rapid decision-making and would lead to aggression. A "survival" response to ensure "food security".

Consuming too much fructose, therefore, could increase the risk of aggressive behavior, which can range from attention deficit disorder (ADHD) to bipolar disorder to aggression.

"We do not blame sugar for aggressive behavior, but we see that it may be one of the contributing factors," said Professor Richard Johnson.

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