Does Sugar Cause Weight Gain?
Sugar has recently been strongly linked to diabetes, obesity and weight gain, and there is no doubt that a high intake of sugar and sugar containing foods can contribute to weight gain. However, does sugar deserve the ‘poison’ reputation that it has acquired in recent times? Why sugar can cause us to put on weight Sugar contains calories, thus, as with any food, if we eat too much of it we will gain weight. To maintain weight we need to burn off the same amount of calories as we are consuming from food, so if we eat more than we burn, weight gain will follow. Sugar and sugar containing foods can be particularly problematic in this area as they are generally the types of foods we crave and may even become ‘addicted’ to, so it is easy to overeat them and therefore consume too many calories. Certainly a lot of people have reported losing weight after eliminating sugar from their diet, which is to be expected as they are likely to also be decreasing the calories they are eating as well. The other problem with sugar and sweet foods is that many of them provide calories in the form of sugar, but very little other nutritional value. Processed foods such as cakes, candy and even so Continue reading >>