High-fructose diet may contribute to anxiety, depression during adolescence

November 18, 2014 5:09 PM

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High-fructose diet may contribute to anxiety, depression during adolescence

Consuming excess fructose— a sugar commonly added to packaged foods and beverages— may worsen depression and anxiety in teenagers, new research suggests.

In the animal study, presented Tuesday at an annual meeting for the Society for Neuroscience, scientists at Emory University in Atlanta found that fructose can alter how the brain responds to stress. People develop these brain processes during adolescence, which suggests that teens may be most vulne...

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