A common misconception is that diet takes months or even longer before results can show. However, for 43 children, Dr. Robert Lustig and his team at University of California, San Francisco, were able to decrease triglyceride levels by 33 points on average. 5 points were dropped with the LDL which is bad cholesterol as well as diastolic blood pressure that received a lower number.
The risk of diabetes was dramatically reduced with all of the children as their blood sugar and insulin levels normalized. To remind, this is just in 10 days. There’s no reason to believe the benefits wouldn’t extend to adults as well even though the study was done in children.
There are some calories that are simply worse than others and sugar is usually found at the top of the list for most people. Sucrose which is known as table sugar for most people is made up of equal parts glucose and fructose. However, Lustig said that fructose is a really bad actor and the reason behind it may surprise you.
Our bodies easily metabolize glucose due to the fact that it is used as the preferred energy source and the extra is stored in our muscles or liver as glycogen.
However, with fructose such is not a case since it is metabolized in only one place — the liver. The extra fructose extra gets converted into fat and this is because the liver can only handle so much fructose at a time. This leads to an unhealthy result as your liver starts to accumulate fat. What’s worse is that this increases your risk of heart disease and strokes as the excess fat spills out into your blood stream.
Back in ancient times, sugar and high fructose corn syrup were few because it has ward to refine and produce. As a result, we only got our fructose in small amounts, when fruit fell from the trees.
However, today we consume 130 pounds a year and our bodies have not evolved to keep pace with the staggering increase.
Even though a lot of studies derive most of their results from people simply eating less, this wasn’t the case here. The dietary sugar of the participants in the study was replaced with other complex carbohydrates and the results greatly reduced their dietary sugar from 28% to 10%. The goal however, was to isolate the impact of sugar on the body and not to lose weight.