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  • High sucrose intake, mostly as sugary sodas, causes weight gain of 3.5 lbs in 2.5 months

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    Monday, July 14, 2008 3:24 pm Email this article
    Overweight men and women fed a high-sucrose diet, mostly as sugary soft drinks, containing an average of 28 percent of their calories as sucrose (152 grams or 608 calories) gained 3.5 pounds in two-and-a-half months compared to weight loss of 2.2 pounds for those given the artificial sweetener aspartame (NutraSweet) according to a study by Arnie Astrup and colleagues from The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University in Frederiksberg, Denmark.

    The high-sucrose group increased their calorie intake by an average of 382 calories by the end of the study. Body Fat

    Gain in body fat of 2.9 lbs

    Out of the 3.5 pound weight gain, 2.9 pounds was fat.


    Blood Pressure

    Increase in blood pressure of 4/4 mmHg

    The high-sucrose group had an increase in blood pressure of 4/4 mmHg, while the artificial sweetener group had a decrease in blood pressure of 3/1 mmHg.



    Subjects: 41 overweight men and women

    The study involved 41 overweight men and women with an average body mass index (BMI) of 28 (overweight).



    Conclusion: Large amounts of sucrose cause weight gain

    “Overweight subjects who consumed fairly large amounts of sucrose (28% of energy), mostly as beverages, had increased energy intake, body weight, fat mass, and blood pressure after 10 [weeks],” the authors of the study concluded.


    Raben A, Vasilaras T, Moller A, Astrup A. Sucrose compared with artificial sweeteners: Different effects on ad libitum food intake and body weight after 10 wk of supplementation in overweight subjects. Am J Clin Nutr. 2002 Oct, 76(4):721-29.


    Arnie Astrup
    Research Department of Human Nutrition
    Centre for Advanced Food Studies
    The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University
    Frederiksberg, Denmark
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