A recent study conducted by the University of San Francisco made a discovery that may change the way we view cardiovascular and metabolic health. For a period of nine days, a group of 43 children had all added sugar removed from their diet. Blood tests revealed that the children’s cholesterol and blood pressure were significant lower than they were when the study began. Interestingly, the children’s modified diet was not low in calories, fat, protein or carbohydrates, just sugar. These findings have led some researchers to believe that sugar has a bigger negative effect on metabolic function than excess calories or carbs.
Obviously, this study is not the first to find that the consumption of excess sugar is bad for you. But with evidence that cutting excess sugar out of your diet can have such a big impact on cardiovascular health, anyone with high risk factors for diabetes and hypertension should make some big changes. It’s possible to maintain a healthy diet that includes snacks, just not sugary junk food like candy, pastries and soda. Replacing those unhealthy items with more nutritious foods like unsalted nuts, carrots and celery and quinoa will not only be better for your health, you’ll also satisfy your hunger and consume fewer calories.