Less Sugar = Less Body Fat

BY STEVE BORN

For as long as Hammer Nutritionhas existed as a company, we havebeen relentless in our crusade toeducate others about the dangersof sugar consumption. Some maydiscount or casually disregardsugar intake, but there can beno denying that it's an ever increasinghealth concern. Dr.Joseph Mercola states: Sugar islikely one of the most dangerousproducts you can ingest andmay trigger an addiction that isdifficult to break, and we couldn'tagree more.

How bad has sugar consumptionbecome? According to WilliamFaloon in his article Not Fitfor Human Consumption, In1700, the average person inEngland is estimated to haveconsumed about four poundsof refined sugar a year. Annualrefined sugar ingestion has nowshot up to over 100 pounds.Excess sugar ingestion is afactor behind surging ratesof obesity, cancer, vasculardisorders, dementia, and typeII diabetes.

A recent study fromthe University ofSurrey adds to thegrowing body ofresearch showingthat sugarconsumption isindeed a serioushealth hazard. In this study,researchers tracked the liverhealth of two groups of men: onethat had non-alcoholic fatty liverdisease (NAFLD), and the otherthat had low levels of liver fat. Fora 12-week period, the men in onegroup consumed a low-sugar diet(140 sugar calories/day) while theother group consumed a highsugardiet (650 sugar calories/day). After this 12-week period, thegroups switched sugar intake foranother 12-week period.

The results showed that themen in both groups hadsignificantly higher levels offat in both their blood andlivers after consuming thehigh-sugar diet for 12 weeks.Researchers noted that theNAFLD group had changes in fatmetabolism associated with anincreased risk of cardiovasculardisease, heart attacks and strokes.More startlingly, they found thatwhen the men who started thestudy with low liver fat levelsconsumed the high-sugar diet, notonly did their blood and liver fatincrease; their fat metabolism wasnearly identical to the men withNAFLD.

After reviewing the results, leadresearcher Bruce Griffin, Ph.D.,commented Our findings providenew evidence that consuming highamounts of sugar can alter yourfat metabolism in ways thatcould increase your risk ofcardiovascular disease.

This research shows, yet againthe dangers associated withsugar consumption. This studyis especially concerning becauseof the short time frame - amere 12 weeks - needed to elicitsuch serious negative healthconsequences.

Endurance fuels that arecomprised of sugar (glucose,sucrose, fructose) are not onlyinferior in terms of energy quality,they are not at all good for yourhealth. They have no business inyour body at any time and shouldbe avoided. During exercise andimmediately after, you do needcarbohydrates. However, forfast-acting, longer-lasting energyduring exercise, and superior postexerciseglycogen replenishment,choose complex carbohydrates(maltodextrin) found in HammerNutrition fuels - not junk sugar!

And remember, other than duringexercise and shortly after, youshould refrain from consuminghigh glycemic index carbohydratesof all kinds. Your liver - yourentire body, actually - will thankyou.

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