New Study Reveals That Sugar Is Toxic

As if it wasn't bad enough to find out that processed and red meats can cause cancer, now a new study has revealed that sugar can have an equally negative impact on your health. What kind of breakfast are you supposed to have without bacon OR Lucky Charms? The study, published in the journal Obesity, claims to be the first to definitively prove that sugar is bad for you. Before this study, it was unclear whether sugar itself or the weight gain caused by eating too much of it, is what lead to poor health. "I have never seen results as striking or significant in our human studies," senior author Jean-Marc Schwartz said in a statement. The researchers from UC San Francisco and Touro University California, rounded up 43 obese children between the ages of 9 and 18 who had at least one metabolic disorder, like high blood pressure. They were fed a diet that contained the same amount of fat, protein, carbohydrate, and calorie levels, but the sugars were replaced with starches. They were not fed a health food diet. They were given "kid foods" like potato chips and pizza but the dietary sugar was reduced to 10% of their calorie intake. The kids weighed themselves every day with the goal of maintaining their weight and not losing any. If they lost weight, they were given more food.   The results were mind-blowing. Without losing any weight, the participants saw dramatic health improvements after just 10 days. Blood pressure, blood sugar, insulin, triglycerides, and LDL cholesterol levels decreased, and liver function improved. The researchers have concluded that it is the sugar that causes health problems. It turns to fat in the liver and impacts insulin resistance. Lead author, Dr. Robert Lustig, says there is now "hard and fast data that sugar is toxic irrespective of its calories and irrespective of weight... Up until now, there have been a lot of correlation studies linking sugar and metabolic syndrome. This is causation." There is still more research to be done. This was a small sample size and it relied heavily on the participants self reporting their diet before getting started. And some of the kids did actually lose weight which may have contributed to their increased health. Basically, these results say you should take a good, long, hard look at the amount of sugar you are eating. 10 days. The results happened in 10 days. Might as well give it a shot, what can it hurt? Do these findings make you want to give up sugar completely? Have you already given up sugar? What benefits have you seen? Source: Elle

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