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Soybean oil more fattening than fructose

Can also lead to more cases of type 2 diabetes

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Scientists at the University of California, Riverside have discovered a diet high in soybean oil can lead to more cases of obesity and type 2 diabetes than a diet high in fructose.

The study found that mice who were on the soybean oil diet gained nearly 25 percent more weight than mice on the coconut oil diet. The same mice also gained 9 percent more weight than mice on the fructose-enriched diet.

The scientists also found that the mice with the soybean oil diet had a higher rate of diabetes, a resistance to insulin, and damage to their livers.

One of the the study's lead researchers said in a statement, "this a major surprise for us that soybean oil is causing more obesity and diabetes than fructose, especially when you see headlines everyday about the potential role of sugar consumption in the current obesity epidemic."

Obesity concerns in the U.S. have caused more scientists to conduct studies in order to discover exactly what is causing this health hazard.

The United States is one of the biggest producers of soybean oil and it is a major fat in many Americans diets. The oil is heavily used in margarine, salad dressings, mayonnaise, and many other products.