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Reason Why One Cookie Is Never Enough
By Joe Dziemianowicz. Published in the Daily News
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Ever wonder why once is not enough when it comes to munching cookies?
Research shows that sugar from fruit could play a part, according to a report in London's Daily Mail.
The culprit is glucose-fructose syrup - a type of sugar based on one found in fruit that is used to add bulk and moisture to foods.
It's a common ingredient in processed snack foods, cereals, yogurt and fizzy drinks.
The stuff makes the brain think you need to eat more and, worse, according to a new study, can contribute to diabetes, obesity and heart disease.
Fructose can scramble messages to the brain about being full, Dr. Carel Le Roux, a consultant in metabolic medicine at Imperial College London, told the Daily Mail.
"When we eat sugar, our body releases insulin which tells the brain that we have had enough to eat."
"High insulin levels are one of the factors that dampen the appetite," she added.
"But fructose doesn't trigger as much of an insulin response as regular sugar, so the brain won't get the message that you are full."
Watch intake of foods with ingredient lists with "glucose-fructose syrup," "high fructose corn syrup" or "HFCS," names manufacturers use.
Le Roux said fresh fruit is good for you - but don't go hog wild.
"Fruit is fine in moderation, but don't greedily eat an entire bunch of grapes."
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