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Fat vs. Sugar Round 2: Is Sugar Worse for Your Body than Fat?

Fat vs. Sugar Round 2: Is Sugar Worse for Your Body than Fat?


In the greatest dietary duel of our generation, fat and sugar are battling it out to determine which one poses a bigger threat to your health and waistline. Who will be crowned the true Heavy Weight champ? Fat defended itself very admirably in Round 1 , but there’s no doubt that sugar will come out swinging in Round 2.

Sugar Highs?

The Sugar Association attempts to land a haymaker on its website by pointing out that no daily limits are set for sugar intake:

“In 2002, after a thorough review of the scientific literature, the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academies of Science Institute of Medicine concluded that there was no adverse health effects related to sugar intake. Thus, no UL was established for sugar intake. This conclusion reaffirmed the same decision made by panels of experts after earlier reviews of the scientific literature."

Nutrition labels do not list an upper limit (UL) for daily sugar intake, yet they do list upper limits for saturated fat, total fat, cholesterol, and sodium. The upper limit is listed as the amount that you should consume “less than,” based on standard diets of 2000 and 2500 calories per day. For example, nutrition labels list the upper limit of saturated fat as less than 20g per day for individuals on a 2000-calorie diet and less than 25g per day for those on a 2500-calorie diet.

If sugar was really hazardous to our health, wouldn’t nutrition labels be required to list the maximum daily amount that we should not exceed, as they do for saturated fat and sodium? Could it be true that “there {are} no adverse health effects related to sugar intake”?

Sweet and Low

Although nutrition labels remain silent on the issue, several nutrition experts are speaking out. Heather Fleming, nutrition consultant with Conscious Nutrition, says that sugary foods place the body under constant stress by providing “roller coaster energy.” She attributes increased obesity rates in America to excess sugar consumption and the misinformation surrounding its harmful effects. “It’s the confusion,” she says. “Everyone thinks they’re eating healthy…[but] everything they’re eating is saturated in chemicals, processed sugars, fake sugar, and real sugar.”

In his book The Rosedale Diet, Dr. Ron Rosedale discusses the importance of becoming a “fat burner” instead of a “sugar burner” in order to help prevent disease, lose weight, and have sustained energy. His instructions? Eat lots of healthy fats and avoid most sugars.

And the Winner Is…

With one final knockout punch, fat sends its opponent into a sugar coma. After only two rounds, sugar is down for the count! It’s a unanimous decision: sugar is worse for your body than fat.

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