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Sugar consumption causes a weight gain of 3.5 lbs; artificial sweetner a weight loss of 2.2 lbs
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Overweight men and women given sucrose (sugar) supplements, provided mostly as beverages, gained an average of 3.5 pounds in two-and-one-half months compared to a weight loss of 2.2 pounds for a group of people given artificial sweetners according to a recent study. Increase in body fat: 2.9 lbs
Most of the weight gain in the sucrose group was fat—2.9 pounds of the 3.5 pounds of weight gain.
800 calories of sucrose per day; 28% of total calories
The amount of sucrose consumed was about 800 calories per day, which represented 28 percent of total calories.
The sucrose group ate an extra 380 calories per day
People in the sucrose group increased their calorie intake by about 380 calories per day.
Blood pressure increased 4/4 mmHg
Blood pressure increased in the sucrose group by an average of 4/4 mmHg, while it fell in the artificial sweetner group by an average of 3/1 mmHg.
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.
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Research Department of Human Nutrition
Centre for Advanced Food Studies
The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University
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