The research from the University of Colorado Anchutz published in Evolution and Human Behavior provides a hypothesis that supports the role of fructose, a component of sugar and high-fructose corn syrup, in increasing the risk of these behavioral disorders.
“We provide evidence that fructose, by reducing energy in cells, triggers a research response similar to that of starvation,” said lead author Richard Johnson, professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
Johnson outlines research showing that a foraging response induces risk, impulsivity and rapid, aggressive decision-making to help secure food as a survival response Over-activating this process from excessive sugar intake may lead to impulsive behavior that can range from ADHD to ADHD. Bipolar or even aggressive.
The study also revealed that excessive intake of fructose, found in refined sugars and high fructose corn syrup, may have a contributing role in the pathogenesis of behavioral disturbances associated with obesity and the Western diet.