New Study Shows Impact of Sugar on Kids

A new study shows that substituting sugar with complex carbs can improve a child's overall well-being in just days.
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Halloween is just days away and that means lots of candy for the kids but a new study this morning is showing the power of cutting sugar from their diets. It fines substituting it with complex carbs can have a dramatic impact on kids' overall health in just days here. Dr. Jennifer Ashton is here telling us more about the study. This is a small but very smart study out of ucsf and what they wanted to look at with obese kids and teenagers, if just cutting, reducing the amount of added sugar would change the risk factor Numbers that put them at risk for future heart disease. They kept their calories the same, the goal was not to have them lose weight and after just nine days, nine day, robin, not nine week, not nine months they saw a decrease in a lot of these abnormal Numbers. They saw the bad cholesterol ldl number drop and the lower blood pressure number drop and triglycerides drop and was an indication it actually might be the sugar that is doing something harmful, not just the calories and the weight. What more can we learn from this because the study really focused on certain children that were at risk for diabetes and what can the rest of us learn about it. Here's the actual study. I'll give it to you. The lesson here is a couple of things. Number one for the very obese, encouragement. You don't have to possibly lose a significant amount of weight to improve your health and reduce your risk for future heart disease and, again, also for all of us, nine days, you can make significant changes in your internal health parameters in a very short period of time, so it's never too late. Jen, Halloween is coming up. So what do parents do with this information and knowing that the kids are going to be out and it's a holiday. Absolutely. Look, I'm a parent toos, as you know. Worry about the other 364 days a year. Don't worry about this one day. However, a lot of parents will have -- say to their kids save up your candy and eat a little of it every day. I think that's a mistake. Have them enjoy that holiday and then go back to the clean eating as. As possible and, again, read those labels. This study was looking at added sugar so basically high fructose corn syrup and sucrose. You see that in a label, chuck it. Always have to look at that label and I want to look at that study. I'll put this on your desk.

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