A new and “ground-breaking” study from the University of Surrey has found that healthy people who consume high levels of sugar are at an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease. 1 The study used a group of otherwise healthy men and looked at the increased levels of fat in their blood and stored in their livers after they had consumed a high sugar diet.

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Published in the journal Clinical Science, the researchers looked at two groups of men: those with high and low levels of liver fat. They fed them either a high or low sugar diet to see if the “amount of liver fat influences the impact of sugar”2 on cardiovascular health. The high sugar diet consisted of 650 calories a day worth of sugar while the low sugar diet contained no more than 140 calories a day worth of sugar.

“After 12 weeks on the high sugar diet, the men with a high level of liver fat — a condition known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) — showed changes in their fat metabolism that are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attacks and strokes.”3

Besides changes in their fat metabolism (the biochemical process by which fats are transported and broken down in the blood, and used by the cells of the body4 ) the study also found that when the healthy men with low levels of liver fat ate a high amount of sugar their liver fat “increased and their fat metabolism became similar to that of the men with NAFLD.”5

These findings prove, once again, that you can control health through diet.

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Bruce Griffin, Professor of Nutritional Metabolism, said, “While most adults don’t consume the high levels of sugar we used in this study, some children and teenagers may reach these levels of sugar intake by over-consuming fizzy drinks and sweets. This raises concern for the future health of the younger population, especially in view of the alarmingly high prevalence of NAFLD in children and teenagers, and exponential rise of fatal liver disease in adults.”6

Watch what you eat and watch what your family eats because consuming too much sugar could negatively impact their future. Not to mention their present.

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  1. Science Daily, October 4, 2017.
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  6. Science Daily, October 4, 2017.