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Cutting Sugar improves Children’s Health in Just 10 Days - New Study

Cutting Sugar improves Children’s Health in Just 10 Days - New Study

A new study has revealed that reducing sugar intake even without accompanying calorie reduction, made overweight children healthier in as little as 10 days.  The research, published on October 27, 2015 in the journal Obesity, was conducted by researchers from University of California San Francisco and Touro University California. 

The study analyzed 43 Latino and African-American children ages nine to 19 who were obese and had at least one chronic metabolic condition. For nine days their sugar was restricted – sugar reduced from 28 to 10 percent, fructose from 12 to 4 percent – but was maintained the same fat, protein, carbohydrate, and calorie levels reported to be consumed at home.

After nine days, nearly every aspect of their metabolic health improved without weight changes introduced. LDL or “bad” cholesterol was reduced by 10 points, diastolic blood pressure by 5mm, and triglycerides by 33 points. Insulin levels were cut by a third, fasting blood glucose decreased by five points, and liver function results improved.

Lead author Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist, said that their findings definitively reflect the metabolic harms of sugar not because of its calories or weight impact. “Rather, sugar is metabolically harmful because it’s sugar,” he said the “strongest evidence to date” of sugar’s negative effects.  He further said “a calorie is not a calorie” – the calorie source is important, and added sugar is deemed the worst due to its ability to turn to fat in the liver and drive insulin resistance and disease risk.

Fructose also acts directly upon the reward system in a person's brain, causing them to crave more sugar. "The more sugar you get, the more you want," Lustig asserted.

Senior author Dr. Jean-Marc Schwarz of Touro University added that when sugar was taken out of their diets, the children began heeding their bodies’ satiety cues.“They told us it felt like so much more food,” she said, highlighting the kids consumed the same number of calories.

Tech Times

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