Does Sugar Lead to Weight Gain?

Does Sugar Lead to Weight Gain?

October 14, 2019 100 By Ewald Bahringer


[Music] the obesity epidemic may just be the tip of the iceberg in terms of excess body fat it’s been estimated that 91 percent of adults 9 out of 10 of us and 69 percent of children in the United States are quote-unquote over fat defined as excess body fat sufficient to impair health that can occur even in normal-weight individuals often due to excess abdominal fat the way you tell if you’re overfed is if your waist circumference is more than half your height what’s causing this epidemic one primary cause of maybe all the added sugars were eating a century ago sugar was heralded as one of the cheapest forms of calories in the diet just 10 cents worth of sugar could furnish thousands of calories Harvard’s sugar pushing nutritionist bristled at the term empty calories the calories and sugar were not empty but full of energy in other words full of calories which we are now getting too many oh the excess body weight of the US population corresponds to about a 350 to 500 calorie excess daily caloric intake on average so to revert the obesity epidemic that’s how many calories we have to reduce okay so which calories should we cut that’s just how many calories the majority of Americans who failed to meet the dietary guidelines sugar lemon get in added sugars every day 25 teaspoons about 400 calories even the most die-hard sugar defenders like James rippy who has reportedly paid $40,000 all month by the high fructose corn syrup industry on top of the 10 million they paid for his research even dr. rippy considers it indisputable that sugars contribute to obesity it’s also indisputable that sugar reduction should be part of any weight loss program and of all sources of calories to limit since sugar is just empty calories contains no essential nutrients using sugar consumption is obviously the place to start and again this is what the research is funded by the likes of dr. pepper and coca-cola are saying the primary author Richard Khan is infamous for his defense of the American Beverage Association that soda industry he was chief science officer at the American Diabetes Association when they signed a million-dollar sponsorship deal with the world’s largest candy company maybe the American Diabetes Association should rename itself the American junk food Association but what do you expect from an organization that was started with drug industry funding the bottom line is that randomized controlled trials so the increasing sugars intake increases calorie intake and this leads to body weight gain in adults and sugar reduction leads to body weight loss in children for example when researchers randomized individuals to either increase their intake of table sugar or decrease their intake the added sugar group gained about three and a half pounds over ten weeks whereas the reduced sugar group lost about two and a half pounds a systematic review and meta-analysis of all such ad libitum diet studies meaning real life studies where sugar levels were changed but people could otherwise eat whatever they wanted reduced intake of dietary sugars resulted in a decrease in body weight whereas increased sugar intake resulted in a comparable increase in weight the researchers conclude that considering the rapid weight gain that occurs after an increased intake of sugars it seems reasonable to advise people to cut down findings from observational studies have been more ambiguous though with the association found between obesity and Sweden the average intake but failing to show consistent correlations with sugary foods most such studies rely on self-reported data however and obese people tend to underreport sugar rich foods one can measure trace sucrose levels in the urine however to not only get an objective measure of actual sugar intake but to exclude contributions from other sweeteners such as high fructose corn syrup when researchers have done this they discovered that sugar intake is indeed not only associated with greater odds of obesity greater waist circumference on him snapshot in time cross-sectional basis but in a prospective cohort study over time using urinary sucrose as a measure of sucrose intake those in the highest versus lowest v for sucrose intake have more than a 50% greater risk of being overweight or obese denying evidence that sugars are harmful to health has evidently been at the heart of the sugar industry’s defense but when the evidence is undeniable like the link between sugar and cavities they switch from denial to deflection like trying to switch attention from restricting intake to coming up with some kind of vaccine against tooth decay we seem to have reached a similar point with obesity with the likes of the sugar Bureau switching from denial to deflection by commissioning research suggesting obese individuals would not benefit from losing weight a stance contradicted by hundreds of studies across four continents involving more than ten million participants [Music] you