Looking for a reason to unhand that éclair? Here’s your sugar takedown du jour: A new global study published in PLoS ONE found an independent, direct link between sugar in the food supply and our risk of developing diabetes.
Researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine, the University of California Berkeley, and the University of California San Francisco analyzed a decade’s worth of food supply data from the United Nations, including diabetes rates and sugar availability, across 175 countries. After controlling for factors like obesity, aging, income, and total calories, the link between sugar and diabetes remained significant. For every extra 150 calories from sugar available per person each day, diabetes prevalence rises by 1.1%, the study found. (By the way, 150 calories just happens to be the number of sugar calories in a can of soda.) Conversely, reduced exposure to sugar was linked to a drop in diabetes prevalence.
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