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If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past decade, then you’ve probably heard by now that sugar is pretty bad for you. The obesity epidemic that has crept up all over the globe, as well as increased rates of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, have lead to extensive research surrounding sugar and the effect that it has on the human body.

Whereas fat was once considered the culprit for inflammatory responses in the human body, it is now widely recognized that sugar is actually to blame. While the damage that sugar does to the body can be prevented (and reversed in some cases), more and more people continue to consume highly processed foods in which fat content has been replaced by sugar.

If you’re looking to become healthier or have been trying to diet your way to successful weight loss to no avail, cutting sugar out of your diet entirely will have immediate positive effects on your overall well-being. One study, headed by Dr. Robert Lustig of the University of California, San Francisco, saw drastic health improvements in children just 10 days after they stopped consuming sugar.

About the Study

During the study, Lustig and a team of researchers successfully lowered triglyceride levels by 33 points on average, ‘bad’ cholesterol levels by five points, as well as lowered blood pressure. After 10 days, each child who was involved in the study had successfully reduced their risk for type 2 diabetes.

Things to Consider

One way that big-wig corporate food companies trick us into believing a food product is healthy is by labeling it as ‘fat-free’ or ‘low-calorie.’ The unfortunate truth is that not all calories are the same. 100 calories of sugar is not processed the same way as 100 calories of vegetables. While food products might be low in calories, they are often high in sugar. Sugar has zero fat in it as a substance, but when sugar is processed by the body, most of it gets stored as fat.

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