Most substances that are toxic to mice are also toxic to humans, study author Wayne Potts told The Washington Post. The researchers used a combination of fructose and glucose to sweeten the mice meals, to mimic high fructose corn syrup. Then, they let the rodents loose in rooms where they were monitored for 32 weeks.
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While many of the females had died by the end, the team noticed that the males eating the sugary diet weren't able to control territory as well as their peers. Overall, they held 26 fewer territories, which may have led to the decline in reproduction.
"(Our findings) set a new standard for caution even at low doses of added sugar," said Potts, who also told CBS News that he and his family are eating less sugar.