Losing weight is the most common resolution for Canadians year after year – and many of us believe that omitting sugar will be the silver bullet for trimming the pounds. The truth, however, may surprise you. Here are three things to know about this sweet ingredient, according to registered dietitian, Lisa Rutledge of DebunkingDietitian.ca:
Truth: Sugar is not another word for obesity
As most health professionals point out, if sugar is consumed in moderation, there is nothing bad about it. It is not the sole cause of obesity, which is a complex disease with many factors. Weight gain, in the vast majority of cases, is a result of an imbalance between energy intake from all foods and beverages, and energy output from physical activity.
Truth: All sugars are equal
Just as completely cutting sugar out of the diet is not a useful tactic, considering one form of sugar as better than the rest is not scientifically substantiated either. No matter what type of sugar you consume, there is no evidence that humans store those calories differently. Nor is there evidence that added sugars are stored differently than naturally-occurring sugars.
Truth: Sugar is part of a balanced diet
Sugar can be part of a balanced diet, as it’s a source of energy for the brain and working muscles. Also, allowing yourself to have your favourites from time to time can actually help you stay on track with your diet. For that reason, Rutledge often recommends her clients enjoy their favourites, like chocolate or soda pop, in moderation.