Sugar intake and weight gain
Baby mice fed with jelly beans will gain weight more quickly than those fed with apples.
Sugar is a sweet flavored crystallized substance that is made from sucrose obtained from sugarcane. It has a sweet taste and is the main ingredient in many beverages and food delicacies. Sugar is a simple carbohydrate. In milk, it exists in the form of lactose, in fruits, as fructose and as sucrose in refined table sugar.
When too much sugar is consumed, it gets absorbed into our blood stream and our blood sugar levels will rise. This causes the pancreas to secrete more insulin to convert the sugar and to store it for future use in our bodies. This causes the person to gain more weight.
Eating too much sugar-rich food like chocolate cakes and other sweets can be both addictive and bad for health. Sugar normally gets digested and converted into energy very quickly. It makes us feel energetic and we begin to crave for more. This can lead to an addiction, and if not kept in check, eventually, health problems such as being overweight and diabetes.
Wear protective gloves when handling the mice to prevent being bitten. Adult assistance is required.