Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Does Sugar Make You Fat?

Sugar is in the news lately.  If you haven't seen the 60 Minutes report on sugar, check it out.  It's worth a look, even if they're likely over-exaggerating a bit, as the media tends to do.  But anyway, that got my sugar appetite going.  Not for eating it.  I mean for learning more about it.  It didn't take me long to find this blog post on Whole Health Source entitled "Is Sugar Fattening?"  Very interesting article.  And a great question.  You'd probably expect that sugar is fattening, based on the conventional nutrition wisdom, but when you look deeper, you may be surprised.  Let's define "fattening".  If sugar is inherently fattening, that means that a diet high in sugar should promote fat gain even if we are still in calorie balance.  Right?  Or if that's not true, it must be true that a diet high in sugar causes overconsumption of calories, and hence fat gain.  Yes?  Either way... if sugar is fattening, then eating nearly all of your calories from sugar would surely make you fatter.  Let's take a look at some studies.