Sweet death?

Sweet death?

New research from the University of Utah suggests that the sugar equivalent of three sodas daily hurts the lifespan and reproductive capacity of mice.  

New research suggests that consuming the sugar equivalent of three sodas a day, what is generally considered a “safe” dose, is bad news for mice. Very bad news. The sugar spike shortened their lifespans and was as harmful to the reproductive health of mice as being the inbred offspring of first cousins.

The study can be found in the journal Nature Communications and was noted on Sciencedaily.com. It was funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation and conducted by University of Utah researchers.

When mice ate a diet of 25 percent extra sugar – the mouse equivalent of a healthy human diet plus three cans of soda daily – females died at twice the normal rate and males were a quarter less likely to hold territory and reproduce, according to a toxicity test developed by the researchers.

“Our results provide evidence that added sugar consumed at concentrations currently considered safe exerts dramatic adverse impacts on mammalian health,” the researchers say in a release. “This demonstrates the adverse effects of added sugars at human-relevant levels,” says University of Utah biology professor Wayne Potts, the study’s senior author. Previous studies fed mice enormous doses of sugar, disproportionate to the amount people consume in sweetened drinks, baked goods and candy.

Sugar consumption in the American diet has increased 50 percent since the 1970s, accompanied by a dramatic increase in metabolic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, fatty liver and cardiovascular disease, according to the release.

For those sugared mice that are still scurrying around, there's more bad news. In the past, researchers have linked sugar and wrinkles.

For the complete business report on sugar alternatives for the food and beverage markets, check out the Nutrition Business Journal / Engredea monograph report on alternative sweeteners.

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