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Baked Goods Ingredient Raises Risk Of Obesity And Diabetes

April 25, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
A study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine reports that propionate, an ingredient widely used in animal feed, artificial flavorings, and baked goods, may cause a spike in hormones that can raise the risk of diabetes and obesity. Propionate consumption can increase substances in the human body that create excessive insulin and insulin resistance. The researchers observed significant weight gain and a rise in glucose in lab mice, which led to hyperglycemia in the animals. They also tested it in humans, finding that propionate eaters had significant increases in norepinephrine, along with FABP4 and glucagon. These results suggest that propionate could lead to both obesity and diabetes.[Image Credit: © Sornram Srithong from Pixabay]
Tauren Dyson, "Chemical in baked goods, flavorings may increase obesity, diabetes risk", UPI, April 25, 2019, © United Press International, Inc.
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