According to this article
, a high fructose diet causes obesity in rats. Researchers use rats in physiology studies because their biochemistry closely resembles ours. Food manufacturers switched to fructose as a cheap substitute for sucrose in processed foods. Fructose is now pervasive in our diet. Beverages, be they fruit drinks or soft drinks, use high fructose corn syrup
instead of sucrose these days. I wonder if the obesity epidemic started at the same time that manufacturers introduced fructose into our diet. If the people responsible for introducing fructose into our diet were made to pay for the additional costs to society due to obesity and other diseases should fructose be proven to be the underlying cause, would they switch back to sucrose? Would they even admit that they made a mistake if this is true? Nothing personal, we were saving money to make more profit. Do they let their children eat their own products? On the other hand, it turns out that there's three kinds of high fructose corn syrup that are used. In soft drinks, the amount of fructose to glucose is approximately the same as if sucrose were used as the sweetener. Sucrose is one molecule of fructose bound to one molecule of glucose. I should drink more water.