A new Princeton University study conducted by psychology professor Bart Hobel demonstrates that high-fructose corn syrup leads not only to increased weight gain, but to other problems as well.
The article was published online on March 18 in the journal Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior. It detailed how rats, fed a diet of regular rat chow washed down with corn-syrup-sweetened water, gained much more weight than the sucrose-sweetened control group.
Additional consequences to the experimental group included elevated trigycerides in the blood and abnormal distribution of fat. “”These rats aren’t just getting fat; they’re demonstrating characteristics of obesity,” said graduate student Miriam Bocarsly.
In the experiment, the corn syrup in the water was at half the concentration as that of corn syrup in popular soft drinks, while the sucrose solution was at the normal concentration found in such beverages.