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 Vigilant Monkey 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!!!
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  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!
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  3. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Brewery Monkey Moderator

    Honey and stevia, recently...

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

    Gopherman Sometimes I Wish I Could Go Back to Sleep

    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 like peeling bananas and (occasionally) people.

    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.
  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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  7. rmchambers

    rmchambers Monkey++

    You may feel "better" after 10 days but you'll still have the addiction cravings for a bit longer than that. I gave up sugar and wheat a while back and while I missed bread, the sugar craving was nothing short of scary. It took about a month before the urge to eat sweets went away to a manageable level (for me anyway) The plus side was I lost 30 lbs in 5 months without changing my exercise levels. So it's true what they say, it does turn to fat, and when your body doesn't have it, it breaks down the glycogen and uses that. I've not been as religious with it lately so the weight is creeping up again but once you've done it you know what to expect. pure white and deadly... that's sugar.
  8. RouteClearance

    RouteClearance Monkey+++

    Most people do not know is that starches are converted into sugars by an enzyme in our gut known as amylase. Even if you stop consuming sugar directly but continue to eat any starches, those starches will still end up as sugar before they are absorbed by the digestive system. White refined starches are the worst.
  9. 3M-TA3

    3M-TA3 Cold Wet Monkey Site Supporter++

    The hypoglycemic index of sugar is 100 compared to 25 for an apple. White flour is also 100, meaning that your body gets the same carb hit and rapid rise in blood sugar as if you ate the same dry weight as sugar.
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  10. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    Good book on the subject is (the sugar blues ) very old . written I think in the late 60's
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  11. Ripkor

    Ripkor Electrician Technician Magician!

    I have almost successfully cut all unnecessary sugars out of my diet and been feeling a lot more awake in the later afternoons. Which I used to always feel sluggish around that time. But man trying to avoid that pumpkin pie in the fridge has been tough haha.
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  12. DKR

    DKR Raconteur of the first stripe

    I finally cut sugar by using dried dates on my morning oatmeal. With a GI of only 42, it's a start.
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  13. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    I long ago cut processed sugar whenever possible. I was borderline Type 2 diabetic. I switched to whole wheat or multigrain bread, brown rice, diet soda (yeah, it has it's own set of problems), more fruit and veggies. I try to substitute yams/sweet potatoes for white taters, but that's not as direct a replacement. Staying away from tater chips, and I bake my fries on the rare times I cook them. I try to avoid fried foods, doing more baked meat.
    I could do "better", but some things I just refuse to compromise on.
    My BP and colesterol have always tested good.
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  14. Big Ron

    Big Ron Monkey++

    If you have sugar issues try cutting out wheat. Something i read about.Written by a doctor.
  15. Ripkor

    Ripkor Electrician Technician Magician!

    I had an epiphany today! While enjoying my coffee on this cold day, I realized how much a luxury coffee will become when SHTF. Although its not sugar, the depletion of caffeine can be a major issue during a crises and can cause you to be off your groove when you need all your focus. Lately, I have been trying to go without coffee for a few days for not only my health, but so I can be mentally prepared in a disastrous situation.
  16. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    I dropped caffeinated coffee and softdrinks long ago, as suggested by my doctor. I don't feel any urge to drink either now. Sometimes I go weeks or more between drinking decaf coffee. I do have several vacuum packs of coffee stocked away, as trading stock. It'll buy more than gold, a month or more after SHTFDay. o_O
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  17. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    My daughter cut out soda then cut out all sugar from her diet. She has lost about 15 pounds in less then 2 months. It is amazing how fast her weigh dropped once she stopped the white sugar.
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  18. techsar

    techsar Monkey+++

    And then there are those that show no adverse affects to large amounts of sugar, wheat, caffeine,etc. and also show no change to removing them from the diet.
    800 calories or 8000 calories a meal...doesn't matter.
    ETA: but good flavor and texture helps ;)
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  19. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    I have been trying to greatly reduce my intake of processed sugar. Helps in some ways healthwise, less so in others.
    As with most things in life, "moderation".
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