The researchers pointed out that fructose resulted in more intense cravings and hunger among the women than glucose.
"Our bodies are made to eat food and store energy, and in prehistoric days, it behooved us to eat a lot of high-calorie foods because we didn't know when the next meal was coming," Page said.
"But now we have much more access to food, and this research indicates added sweeteners might be affecting our desire for it," she added in the news release.
The researchers said they limited the study to Hispanic women because research has indicated women are more sensitive to food cues, and the Hispanic community has a high incidence of obesity and type 2 diabetes.
More studies are needed to explore whether these cravings are due to obesity or genetics, the authors noted.
The study was presented Tuesday at the Endocrine Society's annual meeting in Houston. Data and conclusions of research presented at meetings should be considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed medical journal.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine provides tips on how to tame food cravings.
-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
SOURCE: University of Southern California, news release, June 26, 2012
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