Study: Avoiding sweetener in some soda, candy helps control overeating

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DENVER -- Researchers say if you are trying to drop a few pounds, consuming foods made with sugar rather than high-fructose corn syrup may help.

New studies show high-fructose corn syrup, which is used as a sweetener in many soft drinks, candy and other foods, may trigger changes in your brain that prevent it from telling your body that you are full.

You then run the risk of overeating.

The studies indicate that eating natural raw sugar may have less of an effect on your brain, although doctors warn against consuming large amounts of any type of sugar. 

Makers of high-fructose corn syrup say the sweetener is no different than sugar.

Powerhouse Gym fitness expert Steve Allen recommends that anyone trying to slim down avoid soft drinks, candy and other treats made with high fructose corn syrup and says they are laden with “excess calories that your body turns into fat.”

Allen also says that too much sugar can manipulate insulin and slow your metabolism.

Health experts say if you want to satisfy your sweet tooth, enjoy some fresh fruit instead.  

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