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Sugar associated with lower body weight
Tuesday, April 06, 2004 7:28 am Email this article
Believe it or not, higher sugar intake is associated with lower body mass index and lower body fat according to epidemiological data. There is also an inverse relationship between sugar and fat intake. In other words, the more sugar people eat, the less fat they eat.
It’s probably the reduced fat intake rather than the higher sugar intake that explains lower body weights.
I realize this is difficult for some people to believe, especially since the U.S. is in the midst of a low-carb craze. But the data really does show this.
This is not to suggest that overweight people should go on a high-sugar diet, nor does it suggest that going on a high-sugar diet will cause weight loss. It is probably just that some leaner people, and children also, have a taste preference for sugar rather than fat.
Anderson GH. Sugars, sweetness, and food intake. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Jul 1995, 62(1 Suppl):195S-201S.
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