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High-fructose corn syrup boosts intestinal tumor growth in mice

Source: Baylor College of Medicine

Consuming a daily modest amount of high-fructose corn syrup, the equivalent of people drinking about 12 ounces of a sugar-sweetened beverage daily, accelerates the growth of intestinal tumors in mouse models of the disease, independently of obesity, according to new research.

Using cutting-edge technologies to trace the fate of glucose and fructose in tumor tissues, researchers showed that fructose was first chemically changed and this process then enabled it to efficiently promote the production of fatty acids, which ultimately contribute to tumor growth.


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