According to a study which has been financed by the National Institutes of Health discovered that if you cut sugar in the diets of children their overall health will be improved very quickly.
There were 43 obese children who were observed and the researchers found out that eliminating or reducing added sugar even when the same number of calories is kept along with junk food, the obesity-related health problems improved in just 10 days.
These children were obese but also suffered from chronic metabolic disorder like high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
There was no change in caloric intake, however, the children lowered their blood pressure as well as cholesterol levels, while some of them lost weight.
The sugary cereals and pastries were replaced by bagels, and sugary dishes such as chicken teriyaki were switched with turkey hot dogs and hamburgers.
The children were allowed to consume fatty foods as much as they desired throughout the experiment.
There were couple of children who improved liver and kidney function, and there were also children who reported to feel “too full”, while 42 out of 43 of them found this new diet be appetizing.
The pediatric endocrinologist at Benioff’s Children’s Hospital at the University of San Francisco, Dr. Robert Lustig reported that the paper proved that we could turn the metabolic health of children in 10 days with no calories and weight changing, but only through taking added sugars out of their diet.
That is very significant from clinical and health care viewpoint.
The study indicates a great step forward in learning about nutrition.
There are many scientists and nutritionists who remain skeptical about this.
The nutrition professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Barry Popkin, advocates for a tax on the sugary drinks, but is a bit wary of the results from the study.
According to him, this work is suggestive of dramatic beneficial effects on health.
There are a lot of well-controlled, careful studies related to this topic which did not come across such dramatic and unique results.
The scientists and nutritionists hope to expand this study in order to see if these findings can be replaced.