Sugar decreases the competitive performance and reproductive output of mice.
Published online in the journal nature communication’s reports, August 13, 2013, a team of researchers conducted the study of sugar consumption on mice.
The finding suggests that even low levels of sugar intake, which are commonly considered 'safe' and do not cause large metabolic derangement's, can have negative health effects in mammals.
This amount of sugar, roughly equivalent to a human consuming a healthy diet plus three cans of soda per day is currently consumed by 13 to 25% of Americans.
- Added sugar consumption like 25% kcal from a mixture of fructose and glucose, modeling high fructose corn syrup, increase female mortality and lower male fitness in mice and produced 25% less offspring.
- Clinical defects of fructose and glucose-fed mice were decreased glucose clearance and increased fasting cholesterol.
- Commercially, fructose is frequently derived from sugar cane, sugar beets, and corn.
- In the States, cornstarch from maize is used almost exclusively.