Stop counting calories and simply stop eating sugar. The latest survey showed that people who stopped eating sugar for just nine days, immediately lower their pressure and lower blood cholesterol levels.
Many of us in many different ways try to live a healthy life. A recent study at the University of California and the University Touro has shown that in order to prevent the most common diseases is crucial to reduce the amount of consumed sugar.
In just nine days, in which the participants stopped eating sugar – without counting calories or any other diet – it showed a significant reduction in plasma cholesterol and lowering blood pressure. Also the liver function improved in volunteers included in the study.
Scientists with the study also demonstrated that calories are not as harmful for the metabolism as the sugar you consume. Head of research Dr. Robert Lustig from the University of California San Francisco explained:”This study definitely shows that the sugar is metabolically harmless. Not because of the high calorific value or its impact on body weight, but simply because it harms our metabolism. This internally controlled intervention study is conclusive evidence that sugar contributes to the development of the metabolic syndrome and is the strongest evidence to date that the sugar is problematic in itself and not due to calories or because it contributes to obesity.”
The study looked at the effect of the reduction in the intake of sugar in the metabolic syndrome – is a different set of conditions that increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, stroke and type 2 of diabetes. Metabolic syndrome can include high blood pressure, high blood glucose levels, excess fat around the waist and abnormal blood cholesterol levels.
Volunteers in the study were children, who in addition to the main meal could eat snacks and drinks, the only reduce was sugar intake. Added sugar has been banned. They were allowed to enjoy the fruits. Their diet contained the same fat, protein, carbohydrate and calorie than their previous diet, only sweet food was replaced with cereal and pasta. Even the hot dog, chips and pizza from the nearby shops were included into the diet. If the volunteers during the study lost kilos, a few foods with low sugar content was added to their meals, so that their body weight remained stable.
In this way they ensured that volunteers only drastically reduced the intake of sugar. On average they consumed only 28 to 10 percent of the sugar of the total daily intake of calories and 12 to 4 percent of fructose. The results of the study only after nine days showed dramatic improvement in their health. Blood cholesterol levels and blood pressure significantly decreased and the functioning of the liver improved. The concentration of fasting glucose was reduced to five points, whereas the insulin level fell by one third, explained experts from the University of California.
The study involved experts from the University Touro and Jean-Marc Schwarz was surprised by the results:” I’ve never seen such strong and such important results of clinical studies. Just nine days after the reduction in sugar, the results were significant and were shown by all participants. These findings support the idea that it is crucial that parents limit the level of sugar intake to children and are aware of what effect a healthy diet has on the health of their children. When they were deprived of sugar, the children were immediately more satiated. They told us that it seems they that they eat a lot more food even though they consumed the same amount of calories as before only with much less sugar. Some even said that we over-fed them with food.”
Dr. Lustig added:” This study suggests that a calorie is not a calorie. It is important from where these calories originate and where they go in the body. The worst are the calories of sugar, as the liver converts into fat and lead to insulin tolerance and increase risk of developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease, liver disease etc. This has enormous implications for the food industry, on chronic diseases and health care costs.