In the last year or so there has been a war against sugar in the health industry. But is it valid? We’ve taken a look at some studies and the results may shock you!

Obese children who cut back on their sugar intake see improvements in their blood pressure, cholesterol readings and other markers of health after just one week. That’s huge health benefits in an extremely short amount of time!

New studies have shown that after 10 days, the people showed dramatic improvements, despite losing little or no weight. The findings add to the argument that all calories are not created equal, and they suggest that those from sugar are especially likely to contribute to Type 2 diabetes and other metabolic diseases. These chronic illnesses are on the rise, especially in children which some are describing as one of the biggest health problems of the 21st Century.

be aware of your sugar intake

Be aware of your sugar intake

Added sugars — the extra sweeteners food companies put in their products, not the sugar that occurs naturally in foods like fruit – are a topic of growing debate. Fruits are high in sugar but these natural sugars are expected in a healthy balanced diet. The added sugar in complex carbohydrates are what are causing a lot of issues.

If people can avoid processed foods and added sugars to their diets, they are much more likely to feel and look healthier. The issues go beyond individual’s health as this is likely to have big impacts on economies as well.

This is an important area of research that might solve some of the metabolic issues that we are facing in children, particularly in adolescents today. This research does need to be taken seriously and should encourage people to reduce their sugar intake. Even reducing it slightly can have a big impact.

If you adopt a healthier diet and consume lots of super foods, then you are definitely in a better position to feel healthier for longer.

What Next?

Reducing sugar and eating healthier is only half the picture – a healthy lifestyle should also include plenty of exercise and movement. Sitting all day in school or at an office and snacking on sugary foods is a recipe for disaster. Instead you should aim to walk as much as you can, be active, partake in exercise a few times a week and eat more natural foods.

 

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I've worked as an Occupational Therapist for many years dealing with physical and mental health patients, both in hospitals and the community. Living a healthy, well balanced life with a good diet, regular exercise and a taking a positive outlook are crucial to becoming a very well being indeed - sometimes easier said than done!

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