Lost Your Appetite? It’s Sugar to Blame

HBI Blog / Lost Your Appetite? It’s Sugar to Blame

Various forms of sugar might be enhancing the hunger-suppressing hormones, especially in young adults.

According to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, drinks with sucrose might cause young adults to produce lower levels of appetite-regulating hormones, as compared to glucose drinks.


Glucose is often found in natural foods like honey and dry fruits. Whereas, sucrose, popularly known as table sugar, consists of equal parts of glucose and fructose, and is used to manufacture processed foods like candy, soda, canned foods, and others.

Researchers studied 69 young adults aged between 18-35 years and were offered drinks either with glucose or sucrose.

Apart from the difference in the production of hunger-suppressing hormones, they also found that individual characteristics like body weight and sex also affected the hormone responses to various sugars.

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