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Study Shows Fast Gains In Child Heath For Cutting Sugar

New evidence shows that obese children who cut back on sugar get significant health benefits after only ten days.

New research shows a strong link between eating excessive sugar and child health factors like high blood pressure and risk factors for Type 2 diabetes.

A small, intensive health study at the University of California-San Francisco and Touro University has shown that obese children could improve their health in only a few days just by substituting sugar for starch.

The researchers monitored a wide range of health signs in 43 children, from blood pressure to bone density.

After replacing 10 to 28 percent of refined sugar in the kids’ diet for equivalent calories in starch, blood pressure and unhealthy cholesterol levels dropped in just 10 days, and other health factors improved.

The participants also lost an average of two pounds during that period, and their insulin levels normalized.

Researchers say the study gives a close look at the link between sugar and health factors in children.

It also shows that the risks of eating excess sugar are not limited to the increased count in calories.

Read More:

  • Cutting Sugar Improves Children’s Health In Just 10 Days (New York Times)
  • Cutting Sugar From Kids’ Diets Appears To Have A Beneficial Effect In Just 10 Days (Washington Post)
  • Isocaloric Fructose Restriction And Metabolic Improvement In Children With Obesity And Metabolic Syndrome (Obesity)
Chad Bouchard

Chad Bouchard is a veteran reporter and WFIU alum who has covered wild and wooly beats from Indonesia to Capitol Hill. His radio work has aired on NPR, PRI and Voice of America, and his writing has appeared in The Sunday Telegraph and Scientific American’s health magazine, Lives. He has also spent a lifetime gardening, foraging and eating weird stuff.

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