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Less Sugar’s a Quick Health Boost

Sharon Palmer

You’ve probably heard that reducing sugar is a healthy habit. Indeed, many health experts and health organizations suggest cutting your added sugars intake to no more than 10% of calories—about 200 calories or about 50 g per day for the average person. And a new study found that cutting down on sugar can significantly improve the health of children and adults very quickly. Studies suggest that diets high in simple sugars, specifically fructose, increase the rate at which sugar is converted to fat and liver fat. Removing fructose from the diets of obese children for only nine days reduced DNL, liver fat, and improved glucose metabolism. Results for adults were similar. Reducing or removing fructose, in the form of added sugars, like high-fructose corn syrup from one’s diet can cause quick improvements that can lead to reduced risk of obesity, fatty liver disease, and type 2 diabetes.

(The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, August 2017) Read the full study here.

Image: Soda bottles in a refrigerator display, Sharon Palmer, RDN

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