A new study has revealed that consumption of extra sugar could have adverse impacts on mammalian health. It was found during a toxicity test that when mice consumed 25% extra sugar, females died at twice the normal rates. On the other hand, males were a quarter less likely to hold territory and reproduce. The test was developed at the University of Utah.
The researchers said that their findings have vindicated that consumption of added sugar at concentrations, currently considered safe, poses higher risk on mammalian health.
Wayne Potts, University of Utah biology professor and study's senior author, said that the test has demonstrated the adverse effects of added sugars at human-relevant levels.
He said that previous studies involved mice that were fed much larger doses of added sugars in comparison to the amount people consume through sweetened beverages, baked goods and candy.
He added, "We have shown that levels of sugar that people typically consume - and that are considered safe by regulatory agencies - impair the health of mice".
The study said that toxicity tests hold significance not only for components of human diet, but for both pharmaceutical science and toxicology. American researchers said that even safer levels of sugar could have adverse effects on health.
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