Still, a growing body of evidence is pointing toward the hypothalamic brain region as having a role in obesity. "Things as subtle as a change in sweetener can have an impact on how full somebody feels, and could lead to an increase in calorie intake and an increasing pattern in obesity seen in this country," he said.
So what to do? As a nutritionist, Sharon Zarabi, of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, tells her patients to read food labels. "Avoid having fructose or glucose listed as one of as the first three ingredients, and make sure that sugar is less than 10 grams per serving."
The American Heart Association has more about sugar.
SOURCES: Louis Aronne, M.D., founder and director, Comprehensive Weight Control Program, New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York City; Scott Kahan, M.D., MPH, director, National Center for Weight and Wellness, Washington, D.C.; Jonathan Purnell, M.D., associate professor, division of endocrinology, diabetes and clinical nutrition, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland; Sharon Zarabi, R.D., nutritionist/fitness trainer, Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City; Connie Diekman, R.D., director, university nutrition, Washington University in St. Louis; Jan. 2, 2013, Journal of the American Medical Association
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