Effect of sucrose, glucose and fructose on peripheral and central appetite signals

Department of Experimental Medical Science, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
Regulatory Peptides (Impact Factor: 1.83). 10/2008; 150(1-3):26-32. DOI: 10.1016/j.regpep.2008.06.008
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In the Western world, consumption of soft drinks has increased the last three decades and is partly responsible for the epidemic-like increase in obesity. Soft drinks, originally sweetened by sucrose, are now sweetened by other caloric sweeteners, such as fructose. In this study, we investigated the short-term effect of sucrose, glucose or fructose solutions on food intake and body weight in rats, and on peripheral and central appetite signals. Rats received water containing either of the sugars and standard rat chow for two weeks. Rats receiving water alone and standard chow were controls. All rats offered the sugar solutions increased their total caloric intake. The increased caloric intake occurred despite the fact that the rats offered either of the sugar solutions consumed less chow. As a consequence of the increased caloric intake, the sugar-drinking rats had elevated serum levels of free fatty acids, triglycerides and cholesterol. In addition, consuming sugar solutions resulted in increased serum leptin, decreased serum PYY and down-regulated hypothalamic NPY mRNA. Serum ghrelin was increased in rats receiving fructose solution. Moreover, consumption of sucrose or fructose solution resulted in up-regulated hypothalamic CB1 mRNA. Hypothalamic POMC mRNA was down-regulated in rats receiving glucose or fructose. In conclusion, consumption of glucose, sucrose or fructose solution results in caloric overconsumption and body weight gain through activation of hunger signals and depression of satiety signals as well as activation of reward components. The weight-promoting effect of these sugar solutions may possibly be ameliorated by the down-regulation of NPY mRNA and increased serum leptin.

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    • "Whether or not sugar consumption has caused metabolic changes may have implications for the mechanisms underlying sugarinduced cognitive changes. For example, the onset of obesity may also alter levels of satiety peptides such as leptin, ghrelin, and neuropeptide Y (Lindqvist et al., 2008; Lindqvist, de la Cour, Stegmark, Hakanson, & Erlanson-Albertsson, 2005), which may in turn alter how food rewards are appraised. Studying the effects of sugar on the functioning of these homeostatic systems – with or without obesity – will be important in understanding what underlies effects on behavioural tasks that use food reinforcers. "
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    • "It is used in the preparation of a variety of food, drinks, and as a diet sweetener [1] [2]. Determination of fructose in food [1] and in biological fluids [3] [4] is therefore of great importance. Several conventional analytical methods for the determination of d-fructose have been largely described in literature , such as gas-chromatography [5], liquid chromatography [6], fluorimetric [7], near infrared spectroscopy [8] and electrochemistry [9]. "
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    • "c o m / l o c a t e / p h b Animal models allow for examination of the long-term effects of sucrose consumption with strict control over diet and external factors in ways that are less feasible in human studies. In rodents, chronic consumption of sucrose solution induces metabolic disturbances similar to those observed in humans [13] [14] [15] [16] [17]; however, as in humans, the relationship between sucrose consumption and body weight gain is variable . Wistar rats given sucrose solutions can reduce their solid chow intake to a sufficient degree to prevent excess weight gain, but this compensation may not be sufficient to prevent obesity when highly concentrated solutions (i.e. "
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