What happens when you go without sugar for 10 days?

Discussion in 'Survival of the Fittest' started by Yard Dart, Nov 9, 2015.

  1. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Land Projectile Moderator


    No one wants to hear more bad news about sugar, especially just a few days after Halloween. As a dad of three little girls, though, I found a recent study about sugar somewhat encouraging.

    By cutting back sugar for your kids, you can see dramatic improvements in just 10 days. That is pretty remarkable, if you think about it.

    We typically think diets take months, or even longer, to make a positive dent. For 43 children, however, Dr. Robert Lustig and his team at University of California, San Francisco, decreased triglyceride levels by 33 points on average. The LDL — bad — cholesterol dropped 5 points, as did diastolic blood pressure, the lower number.

    All of the children dramatically reduced their risk of diabetes, as their blood sugar and insulin levels normalized. Again, just 10 days. And while the study was done in children, there’s no reason to believe the benefits wouldn’t extend to adults, as well.

    It speaks to what was once an unspeakable idea — in fact, all calories are not created equal.

    As much as we love the simple accounting principles of calorie counting, there are some calories that are simply worse than others, and for most people, sugar is at the top of the list. The table sugar most people know is sucrose, made up of equal parts glucose and fructose. But it is the fructose that is such a bad actor, Lustig told me. The reason why is really fascinating.

    Because our bodies use glucose as the preferred energy source, it is easily metabolized and used just about everywhere and the extra is stored in our muscles or liver as glycogen.

    Unfortunately, this is not the case with fructose, which is metabolized in only one place — the liver. And, because the liver can only handle so much fructose at a time, the extra gets converted into fat. Your liver starts to accumulate fat, which is wildly unhealthy. Even worse, the excess fat spills out into your blood stream, increasing your risk of heart disease and strokes.

    In ancient times, before sugar and high fructose corn syrup (which are basically the same) became so cheap to refine and produce, we only got our fructose in small amounts, when fruit fell from the trees. Heck, even honey was protected by the bees.

    Nowadays, however, we consume 130 pounds a year — or roughly 1/3 of a pound every day. Our livers, however, have not evolved to keep pace with the staggering increase. As a result, a sugary drink hits your liver like a tsunami wave, according to Lustig.

    There is something else peculiar about fructose: Unlike other sources of calories, it doesn’t suppress the hunger hormone, known as ghrelin. So, despite eating lots of it, you don’t really feel full.

    The result: you keep eating. In addition, fructose targets my favorite area of the brain, the nucleus accumbens, also known as the reward center. Turns out fructose gives the nucleus accumbens a little nudge, resulting in someone feeling rewarded, good, even euphoric, and — you guessed it — wanting to eat even more.

    Lustig and his team wanted to make something very clear in this study.

    While many diet studies derive most of their benefit from people simply eating less, it wasn’t the case here. While study participants reduced their dietary sugar from 28% to 10%, it was replaced with other complex carbohydrates. Think bagels instead of pastries. The goal was not to lose weight but to isolate the impact of sugar on the body.

    So, hide the extra Halloween candy from your kids and yourself. At our home, the Switch Witch will pay a visit within a week after Halloween. She takes the candy and leaves something special in its place. (We still haven’t decided what she’s leaving this year.)

    However you cut back, you now know your body will thank you for it in as little as 10 days.
    What happens when you go without sugar for 10 days? | Q13 FOX News

    Drop the sugar.... your body will thank you!!!
  2. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    I use plenty of sugar, but not refined and certainly never high fructose corn syrup (HFC) or corn syrup.

    I use "demerara", or turbinado sugar. It's also known as raw sugar. I also use molasses and real brown sugar (not refined sugar with molasses added to it like cheap brands will do) --and organic. Never GMO.

    There are many foods with HFC's, from beverages to bread and everything in between. Stay away!
  3. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Monkey

    Honey and stevia, recently...

    Now I have a head ache... :p
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  4. Gopherman

    Gopherman Sometimes I Wish I Could Go Back to Sleep Site Supporter++

    I just bought Stevia Seeds. I'm going to add it my Passion Flower,Lemon Grass, Spearmint Herbal Tea creation.
    My name is Gopherman, and I'm a sugar addict!:(

    Last edited: Nov 10, 2015
  5. UncleMorgan

    UncleMorgan I eat vegetables. My friends are not vegetables.

    History will look back on this time not as the Space Age or the Information Age, but as the Toxic Age. From environmental pollution to food pollution, we are swimming in a sea of poison. And that's why we get sick before we die.
    And sugar is right there at the Top 2 of the list of deadly foods. Right alongside aspartame.

    The one smartest thing my daughter ever did was ban sugar entirely from her house. Her kids whine about it, but they'll thank her in ten years.
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  6. pearlselby

    pearlselby Monkey++

    I have tried to grow Stevia seeds and never could get them to grow very tall. I finally went and bought one at Atwoods. I love the stuff.

    Excellent thread, Yard Dart!
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