From Forbes’ Pharma and Healthcare:
Study Reveals Possible Connection Between High Fructose Corn Syrup And Opioid Addiction
Diets high in high fructose corn syrup may indirectly contribute to opioid dependence, according to research presented this week at Neuroscience 2017, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.
Previous research has shown that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) impacts the brain in a way similar to addictive drugs. It triggers a response in the brain’s reward system circuitry that leads to continued cravings, in much the same way as a narcotic. These similarities have led researchers to wonder whether diets high in HFCS may play a role in opioid dependence.