Not surprisingly, in a new study that had kids cut down on sugar but ate the same amount of calories, their health improved. However, researchers found that the results were not because of reduced calories.
According to the study published recently in the journal Obesity, researchers designed a 9-day diet that reduced the children’s sugar intake from 28% to 10 % and subsidized the new diet with starches.
Results showed that reducing consumption of added sugar even without reducing calories or losing weight, has the power to reverse a cluster of chronic metabolic diseases including high cholesterol and blood pressure.
After just 9 days on the sugar-restricted diet, virtually every aspect of the participants’ metabolic health improved, without change in weight. Diastolic blood pressure decreased by 5mm, triglycerides by 33 points, LDL-cholesterol (known as the “bad” cholesterol) by 10 points, and liver function tests improved. Fasting blood glucose went down by 5 points, and insulin levels were cut by one-third.
- Robert H. Lustig, Kathleen Mulligan, Susan M. Noworolski, Viva W. Tai, Michael J. Wen, Ayca Erkin-Cakmak, Alejandro Gugliucci, Jean-Marc Schwarz. Isocaloric fructose restriction and metabolic improvement in children with obesity and metabolic syndrome. Obesity, 2015; DOI: 10.1002/oby.21371