You can make a healthier choice and eat a whole lot less sugar by taking a daily glass of water, a study has found.
The findings are being published in the journal Nutrition.
The research involved participants who took a daily dose of a non-nutritive sweetener called fructose, which is also found in artificial sweeteners and candy.
In this case, it is the non-caloric form of fructose.
According to Dr Jai Srivastava, from the University of California, Berkeley, the results were “so surprising” because they suggested the non -caloric fructose had the same effects on the human body as sucrose and high fructose corn syrup.
“There’s a lot of confusion about what fructose is,” he told ABC News.
He explained that, “when we talk about fructose, it means sugar with one side down.
It’s a sugar with a side down.”
“You can have all these products that are marketed to people as ‘healthy’ and they are actually just sugar and they’re not.”
The research also found that participants who ate two or three glasses of water per day had lower blood sugar and triglycerides than those who drank the same amount of water.
And those with a high glycemic index (high number of sugars) also had lower levels of blood sugar.
Dr Srivashava said the results indicated that the amount of fructose in the diet was “not the problem”.
“We didn’t see any differences in the blood sugar or triglycerides between the groups,” he said.
However, he added, the sugars that are in the food may also contribute to metabolic syndrome, which can lead to high blood pressure and heart disease.
Dr Sravastava said it was “very interesting” that participants in the study had higher triglycerides in the body.
But, he said, “I think it’s not clear whether that’s because they’re consuming more fructose or whether they’re eating more refined sugars.”
“It could be that the people who consume fructose are consuming more refined sugar, or the people eating more fructose are more likely to be diabetic.”
He said the findings could have implications for people with diabetes.
When it comes to eating fruit, Dr Srivakas said, the “food is the thing that is probably causing the biggest difference between those groups”.
He said fruit juice, which contains high levels of fructose, was a major contributor to metabolic issues.
Dr Jai said: “I’m not sure if it’s just sugar in a bottle or the fact that fructose is the dominant sugar in many processed foods that people consume.”
I think we need to be careful that we are not overeating fructose because it’s actually a great nutrient.
“Dr Srikashvaraj said the study was the first to demonstrate that people with high blood sugar did not benefit from consuming a glass of non-alcoholic drinks.
A small amount of non -alcoholic beverages such as iced tea or water was sufficient to “offset” the sugars from these drinks, he told the ABC.
Dr Jayme Williams, a lecturer in dietetics at the University Of NSW, said the research showed “there’s no reason to think there’s a negative impact of fructose on the blood glucose” as long as it was a sugar-based beverage.”
The results are not surprising, they’re just that there’s not a lot we can do about it,” she said.”
If you drink a glass, it’s the same thing.
It just comes down to sugar.
“People might have higher blood sugar but that doesn’t mean they have higher insulin resistance.”
So, it could be sugar in the bottle that is the problem.