The Danger of Sugar-Laden Calories

Reducing sugar intake alone could be very beneficial in improving health.

What happens when the empty calories from a child’s diet are taken away? A group of volunteers between the ages of 9 and 18, with at least one metabolic health issue, were recruited and their diets analyzed. A group of scientists then assigned new diets, where the amount of refined sugar consumed was reduced by 10 to 28 percent, replaced instead with starches. Even though the amount of calories was the same, within 10 days the children had lost an average of 2 pounds, and blood pressure, cholesterol, and other metabolic health measures had improved. While the study is very preliminary, the results indicate that reducing sugar intake alone could be very beneficial in improving health, and that calories in themselves are not the culprit. “Cutting sugar from kids’ diets appears to have a beneficial effect in just 10 days,” The Washington Post,, October 28, 2015.

Taken from Last Generation, Vol. 26 No. 2, “Lifelines”. Last Generation is a vibrant 32-page soul-winning magazine published six times a year. To subscribe, call (540) 672-1996, Ext. 283.

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