Study Shows that Current ‘Acceptable’ Amounts of Sugar may be Toxic
According to the Salt Lake City Tribune, the National Research Council recommendation that additional sugars should not make up more than 25 percent of a person’s caloric intake may be too lenient. A study conducted on mice shows that the 25 percent rule may be resulting in toxic levels of sugar intake.
About the Sugar Study
- The study,conducted by University of Utah, looked at the effects of sugar in lab mice.
- The authors cite that mice and humans have shared a similar diet since the agricultural revolution over 10,000 years ago, and currently 80 percent of things that are toxic to mice are also toxic to humans.
- In the study, mice were given the sugar equivalent of 500 calories in a 2000 calorie human diet.
- The study was built on the idea that between 13 and 25 percent of Americans get a fourth or more of their calories form added sugars (candy, cookies, fruit drinks, ice cream etc.).
- That would be the same as drinking atleast 3 cans of soda a day.
- After six months, these mice were released into large rooms built to be a sort of mouse habitat with a control group of mice.
Results of the Mice Sugar Study
“We’re not just talking about some minor metabolic thing. We’re Talking about increased rates of death and [lower rates] of reproduction.” – Study author James Ruff as published by the Salt Lake City Tribune.
- Male mice that were given the one-fourth sugar diet were less likely to hold territory and produced 25 percent less offspring.
- The female mice from the sugar fed group had a mortality rate twice as high as the control group.
- Those involved in the study also noted that the sugar fed mice were not fatter than the control group.
- According to the study’s author, James Ruff, the sugar fed mice “would pass a physical” while still suffering from severe health problems.
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