I don’t like talking about one factor when it comes to health or weight loss.
To me, it is too simplistic to blame a single nutrient or one lifestyle choice for bad health. I am holistic in the way that I view my own health – a mixture of taking care of myself which includes healthy eating, exercise, and lots of sleep.
But, the research on SUGAR is turning my head. Researchers at University of California, San Francisco removed foods with added sugar from a group of children’s diets and replaced them with other types of carbohydrates so the children’s weight and overall calorie intake remained the same.
They took a group of children that were at a high risk of diabetes and related disorders and asked them to catalogue what they ate. Then, the researchers put them on a reduced added sugar diet in compliance with the World Health Organization suggested amount to 10% of their total calorie intake.
From the paper:
This “child-friendly” study diet included various no- or low-sugar added processed foods including turkey hot dogs, pizza, bean burritos, baked potato chips, and popcorn that were purchased at local supermarkets.
I believe they weren’t being served imported wild Alaskan Salmon with a side of organic spinach and quinoa salad.
The goal here was to leave their diet the same except for lowering the added sugar. What did they find?
The children showed dramatic improvements despite not losing weight! The markers for their diseases improved in only 10 days.
From the NYT Dr. Robert Lusting:
“This paper says we can turn a child’s metabolic health around in 10 days without changing calories and without changing weight – just by taking the added sugars out of their diet,” he said. “From a clinical standpoint, from a health care standpoint, that’s very important.”
The FDA says there isn’t enough scientific evidence to support recommending 10% of our calories to be consumed in added sugar. Studies like this one will (hopefully) change the minds of the health experts that make the recommendations.
I find hope in this study. If you quit smoking, eventually your body replaces the lining of your lungs so the damage can be undone. The same can happen in only 10 days when you quit added sugar. You can start to turn your health around. What would happen with a whole month of less sugar?
Isn't that kind of amazing?
Have you tried to lower your added sugar? Has it helped your health?
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