From the time we were children we have attributed eating sweets to "sugar rushes", that boost of energy that made us absolutely crazy. But new study have found that fructose, a form of sugar found in many foods, can actually diminish our energy levels and make us lazy and sluggish. A new study by the University of Illinois found eating artificial fructose makes your body gain weight, and contributes to inactivity. Fructose is metabolized differently than glucose, its sugary counterpart. Fructose has been shown to increase the amount of body fat deposited throughout the body, so it could be to blame for your excess belly pudge. Oh, and artificially added fructose is linked to problems beyond the weight gain and activity level realm. Excess consumption may cause kidney stones, inflammation, memory problems, insulin resistance, painful gas and liver damage. Startlingly, fructose accounts of 10% of the average person's diet. It can be found in high doses added into ketchup, salad dressings and even bread. So if you think avoiding only brownies and pop is the answer, think again! The trick is to check your labels carefully, and avoid many process, packaged foods in the grocery store because they typically are sweetened with fructose. Reducing your fructose intake can have significant improvements to your health, weight and energy level. What are ways you have cut back on fructose? Or sugar all together? Let us know!