Fructose is back in the line of fire, targeted for its role in America’s battle with obesity. According to Reuters, “The U.S. food industry is largely at fault for driving up obesity rates” due to its production of foods and beverages heavy in high-fructose corn syrup.

A recent study by Scientific American has linked the sweetener to appetite-regulation issues. The study found that “upon receiving a 300-calorie drink sweetened with 75 grams of fructose, the volunteers had a more active hypothalamus and showed greater signs of hunger.” In comparison, “when the volunteers received a similar drink that was instead sweetened using glucose, their hypothalamus was less active and the participants showed signs of fullness.”

Researchers from University of Southern California and University of Oxford have found the U.S. to have the highest per-capita consumption of high-fructose corn syrup among 42 countries.

[via RT TV]