Scientists have concluded that eating large doses of fructose can interfere with the proper functioning of the immune system, writes the journal Nature.
The effect of fructose on the body of mice was studied by experts from the University of Swansea, the University of Bristol and the Francis Crick Institute in London. They found that it reprograms cellular metabolic pathways, which leads to glutaminolysis and oxidative metabolism, and these processes in turn increase the level of inflammatory cytokines.
According to the researchers, excessive consumption of fructose thus becomes the cause of inflammatory reactions of the immune system, which provokes damage to cells and tissues and disrupts the functioning of organs and body systems.
Fructose is usually found in sugary drinks, sweets, and convenience foods. In addition, it is widely used in food production.
Fructose increases the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, doctors remind.