Right here in our backyard, at the University of Utah, a new study has been released that tested the toxicity of sugar in lab mice. (Visit http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2013/130813/ncomms3245/full/ncomms3245.html for more information) The test had the mice fed a daily diet that included a dose of 25% more sugar than a controlled group that didn’t receive the extra sugar. In humans, this would be equal to three cans of soda per day added to a normal person’s otherwise healthy diet. What did the study find? Male mice were 25% less likely to show normal territorial behavior and reproduce, female mice were twice as likely to die and they had fewer babies than the mice who were on a diet without the added sugar.
Interestingly enough, the mice didn’t gain weight or show any other negative metabolic symptoms. However, the study did say that the effects the mice displayed would be the equivalent of the mice being the inbred offspring of two cousins. That’s sobering Gnarly denizens, to say the least. The scariest part of all this is that these mice are being fed increases in sugar that have been deemed healthy by the USDA and the National Research Council.
Professor Wayne Potts, the study’s senior author noted that the research is relevant to humans because it demonstrates how added sugar impacts mammals. In his press release, Potts goes on to say “ Sugar consumed at concentrations currently considered safe exerts dramatic adverse impacts on mammalian health. I have reduced refined sugar intake and encouraged my family to do the same.”
Now, before you start throwing away bananas, apples and anything else you think is high in sugar, realize that the type of sugar they are discussing in this study is the refined type. The stuff that ranks very high on the glycemic index and is synonymous with all kinds of junk food and high fructose blah blah crap. The types of naturally occurring sugar found in fruits and vegetables is very different. Long story short, your body processes it differently and it won’t affect you nearly the same way refined sugar does.
Let me get on a soap box here and pull out the Gnarly trumpet. These types of issues are the reason why Gnarly uses reb A stevia leaf. But what would you expect from a company that promises not to take any shortcuts? High fructose corn syrup? No way. That cluster of nonsensical words didn’t even make it into the first edition of the Gnarly Encyclopedia (buy the whole set and save). Hopefully, it’s things like this that endear us to you, denizens, because we think they’re pretty damn important.
Photo Credit: Lee J Siegel, University of Utah