December 18, 2013

Added Sugar and Insulin Resistance


added-sugarThe way you consume added sugars may impact insulin resistance in your body. A group of researchers published a study in the Journal of Nutrition about the outcome of kids consuming added sugar in liquid or solid food.

The younger generation loves their food and drink. It’s not far-fetched to say that added sugar is a danger zone for this same demographic because of the troubles it can cause to glucose levels. Herein lies the goal of this study.

Kids, ages 8-10 years old, with at least one obese parent were recruited in the QUébec Adipose and Lifestyle InvesTigation in Youth (QUALITY) study. This study was conducted over 2 years.

At the start of the study, each participant provided 3 days of food logs to assess their consumption of added sugar. By the end of the study, added sugar intake in either liquid or solid sources was not related to changes in fat mass, body mass index, or waist circumference.

However, a higher consumption of added sugars from liquid sources was associated with higher fasting glucose, higher fasting insulin, and poorer insulin sensitivity in all participants. No associations were observed with consumption of added sugars from solid sources.

If your concern for  kids is impaired glucose and insulin resistance  than you may want to encourage less added sugar from juices, sodas, and other consumed liquids. The results of this study don’t lead to the fountain of youth but it certainly alludes that it does not flow added sugar beverages.

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