Cutting Your Sugar Intake Does Affect Your Body Weight

English: A pile of sugar.

English: A pile of sugar. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Researchers at the University of Otago and the Riddet Institute in New Zealand have found that cutting back on sugar intake results in an average reduction of 0.8 kg of body weight. While this seems like a relatively small amount of weight loss, it is important enough to start a discussion about amending the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines to decrease sugar intake to less than 10 percent of total energy in an effort to impact the worldwide obesity epidemic.

These researchers  evaluated the results of 30 randomized controlled trials and 41 cohort studies of sugar intake and body fatness. The sugar in these studies was classified as free sugars, which is sugar that is added to food during the manufacturing process, preparation, or by an individual prior to eating it. Free sugars also include the sugar naturally present in honey, syrups, and fruit juices.

Here’s what they discovered:

  • In studies of adults with no strict control of food intake, decreasing intake of sugars resulted in an 0.08kg  decrease in body weight.
  • Increasing sugar intake resulted in a weight increase of 0.75 kg.
  • Exchanging sugars with other carbohydrates didn’t change in body weight.
  • Studies involving children, which analyzed recommendations to reduce intake of sugar sweetened foods and beverages, had very little compliance to this advice on the part of the children who participated in the study. These studies demonstrated no  change in body weight.
  • Regarding intakes of sugar sweetened beverages after one year follow-up in, there was a 55 percent increased risk of being overweight or obese among groups with the highest intake compared with those with the lowest intake.

 

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~ by chasm63 on January 17, 2013.

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