Sugar Is Toxic: A new study has shown that cutting sugar without limiting calories can still have a significant impact on the health of obese children.
Reducing sugar in diets even without cutting calories or losing weight has the power to dramatically improve health, experts say. A new study involving obese children found impressive results in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol in as little as 10 days. Scientists behind the study said it showed that sugar was “metabolically harmful not because of its calories” but because it is sugar.
“What this is saying is that sugar is toxic because it’s sugar; not because it’s calories,” the study’s lead author, Dr Robert Lustig told the San Francisco Chronicle.
“This proves conclusively, beyond a shadow of doubt, that a calorie is not a calorie.”
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The study, published in the journal Obesity, looked at the effect of restricting sugar on metabolic syndrome, a cluster of conditions that increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes.
Metabolic syndrome can include high blood pressure, high blood glucose levels, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels.
A total of 43 children aged nine to 18 took part in the study at the University of California San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital.
All the children had a Latino or African-American background because of their higher risk for certain conditions associated with metabolic syndrome, such as high blood pressure and high blood glucose levels.
The children were all obese and had at least one other chronic disorder, such as high blood pressure.
‘Cutting sugar improved health in nine days’
Over a period of nine days, the children followed a meal plan that included all snacks and drinks, but restricted sugar intake. Added sugar was banned but fruit was allowed.
“I have never seen results as striking or significant in our human studies,” said the study’s senior author, Jean-Marc Schwarz.
“After only nine days of fructose restriction, the results are dramatic and consistent from subject to subject.
“These findings support the idea that it is essential for parents to evaluate sugar intake and to be mindful of the health effects of what their children are consuming.”
The diet overall had the same fat, protein, carbohydrate, and calorie levels as their previous diets at home, with the carbohydrate from sugar replaced by foods such as bagels, cereals and pasta. Hot dogs, crisps and pizza from local supermarkets all featured in the diet.
Outcome: Initial fasting blood levels, blood pressure, and glucose tolerance were assessed before the new meals were eaten. During the study, if the children did lose weight, they were given more of the low sugar foods to keep weight stable. Overall, the total dietary sugar in the meal plan was was reduced from 28 per cent to 10 per cent, and fructose from 12 per cent to 4 per cent of total calories. The results showed that the new meal plan led to dramatic improvements in health in a short time, with a drop in blood pressure and cholesterol, and improved liver function. Fasting blood glucose levels fell by five points while insulin levels were cut by a third, researchers from the University of California San Francisco and Touro University in California said.
Lead author, Dr Robert Lustig, said: “This study definitively shows that sugar is metabolically harmful not because of its calories or its effects on weight; rather sugar is metabolically harmful because it’s sugar.
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Attribution: World News SBS