Obesity researcher says the EU's new sugar quotas will increase diabetes rates

With the liberalisation of the European sugar market planned for 2017, the EU can expect to see a dramatic increase in obesity and diabetes, a researcher has warned. 

High fructose corn syrup is widely used in the US, as it is cheaper than beet and cane sugar, is sweeter, and also easier to work with.The use of high fructose corn syrup has so far been limited in the EU due to quotas

"This is really bad," Per Bendix Jeppesen, who is a researcher on obesity and diabetes at Århus University, told Danish broadcaster DR. "It's well-known that this has led to a genuine obesity epidemic in the US since it was introduced. We have tested it on rats, and this type of sugar increases the risk of getting fatty liver disease and diabetes," Jeppesen said.

The researcher expects that in the future, that the industry in Europe will use high fructose corn syrup in food production. "Why wouldn't they? It is after all both cheaper and easier," he said.

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