A new study showing that sugar is definitely “toxic” confirms decades of belief that sugar is not exactly good for you. As TIME pointed out back in 1942, when a wartime sugar ration commenced, dentists and doctors were well aware that sugar could be harmful—and that it wasn’t necessary in the first place. “There was no sugar in Europe until the Arabs brought their ‘sweet salt’ to Spain in 700 A.D. For centuries afterwards, sugar was regarded as a precious spice, a medicine, a rich man’s luxury,” the magazine noted. “Only recently has it been considered a food.” But a reader of a magazine like TIME in the 1960s and early ’70s might be forgiven for thinking otherwise. As seen in the ads shown here, all of which ran in TIME during those years, the sugar industry association Sugar Information, Inc., was in the middle of a concerted effort to portray sugar as healthy.Cutting Sugar Made Obese Kids Healthier in 10 Days
There can be no more dancing around the fact that, for children, consuming added sugar contributes to a litany of chronic diseases, particularly obesity, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease, scientists concluded in new research published today (Oct. 27).Cutting Sugar Improves Children's Health in Just 10 Days - The New York Times
In the study, researchers closely monitored 43 obese children and found that reducing the consumption of added sugar — even while maintaining the same number of calories, and the same amount of non-sugary junk food such as potato chips — led to a dramatic improvement in a cluster of health measures in just 10 days.
The kids lowered their cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar and lost a little weight, too, despite no change in their calorie intake or physical activity.
"The positive message is that you can very quickly reverse a bad picture [of health] in a very simple way," by removing added sugars, said Jean-Marc Schwarz, a professor at Touro University California near San Francisco and senior author of the paper. "I have never seen results as striking or significant."
In the new study, which was financed by the National Institutes of Health and published Tuesday in the journal Obesity, scientists designed a clinical experiment to attempt to answer this question. They removed foods with added sugar from a group of children’s diets and replaced them with other types of carbohydrates so that the subjects’ weight and overall calorie intake remained roughly the same.After 10 days, the children showed dramatic improvements, despite losing little or no weight. The findings add to the argument that all calories are not created equal, and they suggest that those from sugar are especially likely to contribute to Type 2 diabetes and other metabolic diseases, which are on the rise in children, said the study’s lead author, Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at the Benioff Children’s Hospital of the University of California, San Francisco.
Cutting Out Sugar Drastically Improves Overall Health Among Obese Children; Sugar Actually Is Toxic To Humans
Sugar is making children sick and it’s not just because of the extra pounds it adds to their waists — it’s also due to the way it breaks down in the body, according to a new study. Researchers from University of California San Francisco collaborated with Touro University California to figure out what would happen if they controlled a group of obese children’s diets and cut out all the sugar for nine days. What they found may prove that sugar is toxic to the human body. "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," said the study’s lead author Dr. Robert Lustig, pediatric endocrinologist at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco, in a press release. "This study is a solid indication that sugar contributes to metabolic syndrome and is the strongest evidence to date that the negative effects of sugar are not because of calories or obesity."How much Sugar is in your Child's Food and Drinks? Here is a visual you will not believe
Here are visual examples of how much sugar is in the foods and drinks we consume everyday. 4.2 gms = 1 teaspoon of sugar, so this looks like 1 cube is about the same!
Sugar is all empty calories with no nutritional value.
Is sugar toxic? - CBS News (video)
(CBS News) If you are what you eat, then what does it mean that the average American consumes 130 pounds of sugar a year? Sanjay Gupta reports on new research showing that beyond weight gain, sugar can take a serious toll on your health, worsening conditions ranging from heart disease to cancer. Some physicians go so far as to call sugar a toxin.