Fructose lowers energy in cells, triggering a foraging response similar to starvation. However, this response leads to risk taking and aggression.
Though eating too much or too much is associated with the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and dementia. Therefore, sugar is one of the food ingredients that are considered to be deadly in the world.
Now, scientists have found things that can trigger a person’s manic behavior, this is related to daily sugar intake.
“We present evidence that fructose can reduce energy in cells, which triggers a foraging response similar to what occurs during starvation,” said lead author Professor Richard Johnson, of the University of Colorado. Mirror UK.
Whereas excessive activity from this process can lead to ADHD to bipolar disorder. Even children can experience aggression.
“Meanwhile, the fructose pathway is meant to assist survival. Intakes of fructose have been high in recent times and may be excessive due to the high amount of sugar in the diet now,” explains Prof Johnson.
In fact, fructose is commonly found in fruits whose effects can be combated naturally. However, fructose that is refined and added to sweetener products can be worse than glucose.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has claimed that consuming small amounts of food every day will be fine. However, some people may not have control over their intake of foods that increase sugar levels.
Experts say sweet foods to avoid are sweets, cakes, biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks. Because, all types of food and drinks contain lots of fructose.
“Behavioral disorders are a common condition associated with obesity and the western diet. Excessive fructose intake in the form of beverages can contribute greatly to this condition,” explained Prof. Johnson.
Even so, fructosan as a risk factor for these conditions does not mean that we ignore genetic, family, physical, emotional and environmental factors that help a person’s mental health.
In addition, the cause of psychiatric disorders is still a mystery even though research has been done for a long time. However, high fructose intake has increased 40-fold since the 1700s.
Then, one of the consequences this foraging response has in common with certain behavioral disorders, including ADHD, bipolar disorder and aggressive behavior.
Previous research has also found that mice given fructose drinks for 2 months gained weight.