Sorry Coca-Cola, and all other calorie fundamentalists, out there. The evidence is in and basic energy balance does not appear to be the whole story. Sugar appears to actually be toxic in itself.
More and more people have long suspected that sugar is one of the main drivers of the obesity epidemic, and the diseases related to it, like type 2 diabetes. Lots of studies point in that direction. But it’s a hard thing to definitely prove. A new study published today strengthens the argument considerably.
The study had 43 kids with obesity and metabolic syndrome eat less sugar for just 10 days. Importantly, they had an equal amount of calories, the only difference was that the fructose from sugar was replaced with starch.
The result was improvement in just about all factors connected to metabolic syndrome: better blood pressure, better blood sugar, way lower insulin, even without any effect on weight. All this by reducing sugar and NOT calories, for just 10 days.
The story is all over the media today:
- TIME: Sugar Is Definitely Toxic, a New Study Says
- NYT: Cutting Sugar Improves Children’s Health in Just 10 Days
- WSJ: Study Links Sugar to Conditions That Lead to Diabetes, Heart Disease in Children
- Telegraph: Cutting sugar ‘can improve health in nine days’
- Guardian: The science is in: the case for a sugar tax is overwhelming
- Mirror: Making this simple change can dramatically improve your health – without cutting calories
- PressRelease: Obese children’s health rapidly improves with sugar reduction unrelated to calories
- Obesity: Isocaloric fructose restriction and metabolic improvement in children with obesity and metabolic syndrome