Fructose, a sugar derived from fruits, corn, and plants and used in many food products and soft drinks, is bad for your health and could cause a host of diseases, according to a new study.
It is claimed to be the first genomics study of the genes affected by fructose consumption.
Previous studies have found a diet rich in fructose could cause insulin resistance, obesity, elevate blood pressure, triglycerides and the bad cholesterol.
It could also deplete vitamins and minerals and cause cardiovascular and liver diseases.
In the new research, scientists have found fructose can kill hundreds of genes in a way that could lead to several diseases.
The life scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles, sequenced more than 20,000 genes in the rats’ brains and found that those who were fed high-fructose diet had much higher blood glucose, triglycerides, and insulin levels than others.
Some of the rats were served with an amount of fructose roughly equivalent to a person drinking a litre of soda per day, reported science portal EurekAlert.
Good news is, the researchers found an omega-3 fatty acid known as docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, appeared to reverse the harmful changes produced by fructose.
The study was published online in EBioMedicine, a journal published jointly by Cell and The Lancet.