(OREGONLIVE) — High-fructose corn syrup, found in sodas and many processed foods, appears to be more toxic than table sugar, a new study found.
Researchers at the University of Utah looked at the effect of the two ingredients on mice. One group was fed a diet with 25 percent of the calories from the equivalent of high-fructose corn syrup. The other, in comparison, consumed sucrose, or regular sugar.
Female mice on the fructose-glucose diet had death rates 1.87 times higher than those on the sucrose diet and they produced 26.4 percent fewer offspring.
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"This is the most robust study showing there is a difference between high-fructose corn syrup and table sugar at human-relevant doses," said Wayne Potts, senior author of a the study which will be published in the March issue of the Journal of Nutrition.