Recently, the results of a study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and published in the journal, Obesity, found that when researchers replaced sugar with starch in overweight children’s diet, the children’s health improved. With total calorie intake being the same and children not changing any other part of their lifestyle, the authors concluded that sugar was to blame for the children’s metabolic issues. But, critics have been quick to point out some weaknesses of the study. For example, the researchers used self-reported dietary intake to estimate how much sugar the children were eating before the experiment. Self-reported dietary intake has been historically proven to be highly variable and inaccurate, especially when it comes to children. Also, there was no control group for the experiment, which means there was no group of children who continued eating “normally” to compare the research group to.
This week’s news roundup brings to you a collection of articles related to the recent study that was published, calling sugar “toxic”.
Sugar isn’t just making us fat, it’s making us sick.Quartz. ” This study demonstrates that a calorie is not a calorie, and that sugar is a primary contributor to metabolic syndrome, unrelated to calories or weight gain. By removing added sugar, we improved metabolic health.”
Cutting Sugar Improves Children’s Health in Just 10 Days.New York Times. “In the new study…they removed foods with added sugar from a group of children’s diets and replaced them with other types of carbohydrates so that the subjects’ weight and overall calorie intake remained roughly the same… After 10 days, the children showed dramatic improvements, despite losing little or no weight.”
Sugar Is Definitely Toxic, a New Study Says.Time. “Not everyone is convinced that the results definitely prove sugar, and not weight loss, is the culprit, however. Susan Roberts, professor of Nutrition, USDA Nutrition Center at Tufts University notes that because some of the children lost weight, it’s still possible that shedding the pounds helped their metabolic measures to improve.”
OUR OPINION: Sugar study shouldn’t take fun out of holidays.Central Maine. “It’s not an occasional indulgence, but the routine consumption of sugar-rich foods and drinks that contributes to chronic health conditions among children and adults… So kids, enjoy your candy, but keep it a treat; parents, reconsider daily servings of soft drinks and sweet snacks…”