- BREAKING! Anti-sugar pioneer Dr. Robert Lustig releases ground-breaking sugar study.
- The metabolic health of obese children can be dramatically improved after 10 DAYS (!) JUST by cutting back sugar.
- Do we have the proof fructose is the problem, people?
This is really rather huge. A new study authored by paediatric endocrinologist and anti-sugar pioneer, Dr. Robert Lustig, appears to finally show that fructose is uniquely bad for your metabolic health. Dr Lustig ed Sarah to release this news. As he wrote to her this week: “This will definitely pop the sugar industry’s balloon.”
In a study that extended over five years, researchers at UC San Francisco and Touro University California, led by Lustig, deliberately stabilised the weight of 43 obese children by feeding them a diet of pizza, potato chips and turkey hot dogs. But they reduced sugar intake from 28 per cent to 10 per cent of total calories, in line with the WHO recommendations. Although that can hardly be called a recommended diet, the study shows that the simple reduction of sugar significantly improved metabolic symptoms after just 10 DAYS.
Yep, in less than a fortnight, virtually every aspect of the participants’ metabolic health improved, albeit without change in body fat.
- Blood pressure decreased.
- Triglycerides dropped by 33 points.
- Liver function tests improved.
- Insulin levels were cut by one-third.
The children also seemed to get their satiety cues back in order with many complaining they were overwhelmed with food when, in fact, they were consuming the same amount of calories.
Says Sarah, “This is an important detail. A deadening of appetite hormones are a big issue for dealing with obesity. Of course, it’s been shown that sugar, or fructose, is what mucks with these appetite hormones.”
Does this prove fructose is the problem?
While the study has its obvious limitations (43 children over 10 days is not what we’d call ), this is compelling new evidence that not all calories are created equal and that calories from fructose are the big issue.
Where calories come from determines where they end up in the body. Fructose calories are the worst. Lustig says: “They turn to fat in the liver, driving insulin resistance and driving the risk for diabetes, heart, and liver disease. This has enormous implications for the food industry, chronic disease and health care costs.”
How so? Sarah explains. “Well, the problem with sugar studies to date is that it’s been hard to show that the issue isn’t just that we’re eating too many empty calories from sugar. In this sense, sugar is just another high-calorie food we’re eating too much of. What’s been missing is proof that fructose specifically – aside from the calories and the fact it’s making us fat – is doing the metabolic harm. This study isolates the metabolic impact of fructose calories from the quantity of the calories.”
There’s also this: This study demonstrates that added sugar contributes to metabolic syndrome in children. This study does not prove that sugar is the sole, or even primary cause of metabolic syndrome, but it is clearly a modifiable cause.
What needs to happen now
If Dr Lustig’s study is as solid as he claims (and we’re waiting to review the paper), this is ground-breaking stuff. It shows yet again that we can – and need – to act now to safeguard our children’s health. For 12 months Sarah and Keys2words have campaigned for the NSW government to review school canteen guidelines. Although government finally bowed to public pressure and scheduled a review earlier this year, they insisted it be conducted behind closed doors. Suspicious, much?
Their recommendations are due in less than two months. Yet so far there’s been no public consultation and no indication of the review’s outcomes.
Keys2words has drafted a letter requesting the Government’s review of the NSW Healthy Schools Canteen Strategy is open, transparent and aligns with the Australian Dietary Guidelines. If you’re fired-up and want to ensure you get a say in the review, forward our template letter to your MP today.
What do you think about this new study? Are you convinced that it’s sugar contributing to poor metabolic health?