6 Reasons A No Sugar Diet Won’t Make You Healthier.

6 Reasons A No Sugar Diet Won’t Make You Healthier.

[Maria here. Because of all the hype around sugar I had to address the major claims about the benefits of a no sugar diet. While it is true that many of us consume too much added sugar, and we’d be much better off cutting down on the amount we consume, this does not necessarily justify jumping all the way to the other side – a no sugar diet.

It might seem hard to believe right now but a no sugar diet can actually make you more, not less, UNhealthy. So before you jump in the “quit sugar” bandwagon, read on; Tommy Close, MS, a performance coach, elaborates.]

Why a no sugar diet may make you less, not more, healthy.

Unless you’ve recently arrived from a distant planet in some parallel universe, chances are you’ve come across the No Sugar Diet.

In fact, like me, you might have even given the whole sugar free trend a whirl yourself in an attempt to solve all your health related woes.

I know that back when I attempted to kick my sweet, yet toxic “addiction” for sugar, I was dead set that the white stuff was making me feel lethargic, tired, and fat, and that the only cure to all this was to cut it out of my diet once and for all.

I mean, all the dieting gurus were telling me just how toxic, fattening, and addictive sugar was, so naturally I felt as though I was crippling my body by feeding it the stuff.

  • What if we’ve all been misled about sugar though?
  • What if sugar isn’t actually the dieting devil it’s often made out to be?
  • And what if a no sugar diet will actually make you more unhealthy in the long run?

Those questions might seem undeniably false to you right now, but today I’m going to be questioning your beliefs and digging into the scientific research to answer them.

1. Sugar is not particularly responsible for weight gain. Eating more calories than you burn is.

no sugar diet honey

I know that for me, trimming down my belly fat was the main motivator kicking off my no sugar diet a number of years ago

And as the weeks passed, I sure dropped a hefty sum of pounds, revealing abs I had almost forgotten I had.

I can’t say I was surprised by this though, as I had complete faith in the no sugar diet movement.

In fact, being the newbie to the fitness and nutrition world that I was at the time, I fully believed all that I had been told by the fitness gurus about sugar’s role in fat gain:

When you eat sugar, it ramps up your insulin levels. Because insulins helps shovel nutrients into cells and downregulates fat burning, when insulin levels rise, fat storage increases (1,2). Because of this, it seemed quite obvious to me that sugar causes fat gain due to its impact on insulin. So going on a no sugar diet lowers insulin and as a result, body fat is free to be singed.

At the time, this rationale in combo with the results I saw from cutting out sugar seemed to add up perfectly.

So like many before me, I concluded that the gurus were right: sugar really was the dietary devil causing us all to gain weight, and that simply going on a no sugar diet stripped off the pounds.

In reality, they (and regrettably my former self) were dead wrong though.

You see, whilst eating sugar does ramp up insulin which does increase fat storage, the short term changes in fat burning and storage (eg: after a meal) don’t dictate fat loss. Saying it does is like claiming that you’re broke because you just did your weekly shop; it’s the long term balance of money going in and out of your account that determines your wealth, not the hourly or daily changes.

Likewise, it’s the balance between fat burning and storage over the long term that dictates your waistline.

And when stripped back to basics, this fat balance comes down to Calories: burn more than you take in over a prolonged period of time and you’ll trim down (2). Simples.

What happens when you cut down on the sweet stuff is you leave a big sugary sized hole in your diet that used to be a load of Calories coming from biscuits, sweets, cake or whatever other sweet foods you used to enjoy.

It is the absence of Calories coming from these foods you cut out that causes you to drop dress sizes, not the sugar itself.

So you don’t lose weight because you cut down on sugar; you lose weight in spite of the fact that you cut down on sugar. The same can be said for lots of other faddy diets that cut out entire food groups or ingredients like gluten. They work because they simply lead to a drop in Calories.

“Ok Tommy, that’s great. But I still need a detox from sugar; after all, it is toxic isn’t it?”

2. Sugar is not toxic, so don’t expect to magically “get rid of toxins.”

I won’t lie to you, sugar IS toxic and if you eat enough of the white stuff you will end up causing yourself some major damage. In fact, you could drop down into a Haribo induced comatosed state and end up dead.

The same can be said for pretty much everything though.

Yes, that means things like water, vitamin D, and caffeine can all be toxic, just like sugar can.

The thing is, it’s the dose that makes the poison.

And in sugar’s case, the dose you would need to take for it to become toxic is pretty damn substantial.

Toxicologists measure how toxic a substance is with the LD50, which is just fancy talk for a dose that would kill 50% of individuals (FYI, they test this on rats, not humans. Because ethics and stuff) (3).

  • For water, the LD50 for an average joe weighing in at 70kg is over 6000g.
  • Vitamin D is 0.7g.
  • Caffeine is 14g (for any coffee lovers, that’s roughly 100-200 cups of coffee).
  • For sugar, the LD50 is around 1000-2000g. That’s equivalent to eating 25 pint tubs of Ben and Jerrys, 20 big 215g packs of Haribo, or 60 cans of Coke, in one single sitting.
no sugar diet toxicity
Graph Credit: Trautmann, N. M. (2001). Assessing toxic risk. NSTA press.

I don’t know about you, but I reckon even the greatest of sugar “addicts” would struggle even getting close to those sugary numbers, meaning that sugar really isn’t all that toxic after all.

Which brings me on to my next point:

3. Sugar is not addictive on its own (but combinations with salt and fat can be “addictive-like.”)

no sugar diet addictive

A lot of people talk about sugar like it’s some sort of drug that you’ll get hooked on more so than a season of Breaking Bad.

The thing is, whilst it’s true that sugary foods may stimulate brain reward pathways that are also involved in drug addiction, as we’ve discussed previously, this doesn’t necessarily mean it’s addictive (4,5).

In fact, a recent study designed to test the sugar addiction theory found that addictive like symptoms were reported less for sugar-sweetened specific foods (5%) compared to those high in fat and sweet, and/or high in fat and savoury (25-30%) (4).

This isn’t all that surprising when you actually take a minute to think about it though. You see, if sugar really was addictive, you would see so called sugar addicts walking around munching on cubes of table sugar, guzzling down bottles of honey, and knocking back straight up glucose.

That doesn’t happen though, quite simply because sugar tastes naff in its rawer forms.

In reality, it’s mixes of sugar, fat, starch, and salt that we see everyone pigging out on as these ingredients are put together in combos that makes foods like ice cream, chocolate, and biscuits hyperpalatable (ie: damn tasty) and consequently “addictive-like.”

In fact, the authors of that study I just mentioned concluded the following (4):

The brain does not appear to respond to food and/or sugar in the same way as to drugs; and ‘addictive-like’ overeating seems to be distinct from drug-addiction disorders. Sugar does not seem to contribute to weight-gain more so than other sources of energy in the diet. Instead, the current scientific community nowadays seems to reach consensus that ‘food addiction’ (and its role in weight gain) might be better explained by ‘eating dependence’ as a result of the unique individual experience with food and eating (instead of being caused by a specific food).” [emphasis mine]

So no; sugar isn’t addictive like so many of the nutrition gurus you see all over social media will have you believe, it’s not inherently fattening either, and it sure as heck isn’t toxic unless you guzzle down bucket loads of the stuff in one sitting.

That means you needn’t worry about completely cutting it out of your life in an attempt to restore your health or curves.

4. The no sugar diet may make you more likely to binge. Hello eating disorders!

If you’re like me, when you’re told you can’t do something, it just spurs you on to prove the naysayers wrong.

Similarly, if I’m told I can’t eat X, Y, or Z food, it only makes me crave it more, and when I followed my no sugar diet, this is exactly what happened.

In other words, by just knowing that I wasn’t allowed cakes, cookies, and chocolate it made them plague my mind all day, and although my desire for chiselled abs helped me steer clear of their sweet and creamy lure for the most part, sometimes that just wasn’t enough.

Whilst falling off my rigid no sugar diet wouldn’t have been a problem if I just had the odd sugary treat or two, when I did end up giving in to my sweet temptations, I went ham on all the sugariness I could get my hands on. I’m talking tubs of ice cream, big bars of chocolate, and bags of tangy Haribo all washed down with thick and creamy milkshakes.

So my weekly Calorie intake ended up looking a little like this:

No sugar diet

This certainly was a problem both physiologically and psychologically as it undid a lot of the progress I had worked so hard to make, and it also screwed with my head, making me feel bad for pigging out and attempting to compensate by almost starving myself on the following days.

It’s not just my old self that this happens to either and, as we’ve highlighted before, research actually suggests that rigid diets where lots of foods are totally excluded typically increase the risk of psychological issues with food, binging behaviors, and lead to poorer weight loss results (6-8).

That’s not exactly the best outcome from a diet that’s meant to make you healthier.

What’s more is that many people who take on a no sugar diet tend to exclude perfectly nutritious foods that do more to improve health than hamper it.

5. The no sugar diet may make you cut out some of the most nutritious foods.
No sugar diet fruits

There’s a big difference between scoffing down a load of highly processed foods that have had a bucket load of sugar added to them, and enjoying foods that are natural sources of the sweet stuff.

You see, typically foods that have had lots of sugar added to them have also had many of nutrients stripped away in the processing steps.

  • For example, the flour in cakes has been highly refined from the original grain making it lower in fibre and micronutrients.
  • Vegetable oils in cookies have been stripped of the vast array of micronutrients that naturally occur in the original vegetable
  • And the added sugars and syrups used in sweets contain practically none of the vitamins and minerals that are present in the wholefoods they’re extracted from like potatoes, corn, or wheat.

When you look at minimally processed foods that are natural sources of sugar, they’re still packaged with a combo of nutrients that are vital components of a healthy diet though:

  • Apples contain lots of fibre and micronutrients
  • Bananas are a great source of potassium as well as many other nutrients
  • And milk packs in plenty of high quality protein, B vitamins, and fats.

So if you follow a no sugar diet and decide to crack down on ALL sources of sugar, you may well reduce your intake of lots of highly processed and refined foods which is great, but your diet may also end up lacking in lots of important nutrients too.

In fact, lots of research has shown higher levels of various diseases, illnesses, and ultimately early death rates in those who consume little fruit (13-16).

For example, a recent scientific review collating the results of 95 previous studies found that those consuming up to 10 servings of fruit and vegetables per day were at the lowest risk of multiple diseases and early death (15).

6. Replacing white sugar with honey or brown sugar won’t offer health benefits.

Is the sugar in natural food better than the sugar in processed food then?

Well no, not exactly. Sugar is sugar.

The sugar molecules themselves aren’t necessarily any different. For example, the sugar in fruits like bananas and grapes are a 50:50 mix of glucose and fructose, which is the same as table sugar (9).

These sugar molecules aren’t inherently bad unless consumed in excess (like pretty much everything), and what makes natural sources of sugar more healthful is the nutrients they come packaged along with; not the simple fact that they’re naturally occurring.

So don’t go kidding yourself by thinking that drizzling tablespoons of honey, maple sugar, or agave nectar in your coffee is far healthier that table sugar.

sugar is sugar
Credit: http://www.facebook.com/exposingnutritonalquackery

So you should take a more holistic approach to your nutritional intake and not look at foods or ingredients in isolation; it’s the package and diet as a whole that counts.

With all that said, many of us in the modern world are consuming too much added sugar and could do with making strides towards a less sugary diet. This doesn’t necessarily mean attempting to “detox” yourself from the white stuff (in fact, no organic juice cleanse or detox diet can help you “detox.”) Rather, a more balanced, healthy, and sustainable approach that’s actually supported by scientific evidence and government recommendations would most likely lead to better results (10-12).

I wish I had known this myself back in my no sugar diet days, and taking a less extreme approach would have saved me a lot of time, effort, and mental energy used up resisting the sugary temptations of Ben and Jerry’s.

Why some people get decent results on a “no sugar diet.”

no sugar diet results

The main reason people following a no sugar diet achieve results such as fat loss, more energy, and clearer skin is due to these dietary changes they make along with additional lifestyle modifications:

  • Fat loss comes with a drop in Calories that typically happens by default when sugar is off the menu.
  • More energy and clearer skin often result from the increase in wholefoods that tends to come along with cutting down on the sugary snacks.
  • And stress management techniques and cracking down on sleep will also contribute to maximizing health on all fronts

So you don’t need some sort of sugar “detox” or no sugar diet to see the health or weight loss results you’re after.

Sure, if your intake of added sugar is high and you’re looking to trim down the tum, swiftly gliding past the sweet aisle on your weekly shop is a good plan, but your main focus should be on consistently sticking to the basics of nutrition and creating the lifestyle habits conductive to healthy living; not one individual food or ingredient like sugar.

After digesting today’s article (I know, lame pun), leave a comment below – have you tried a no sugar diet? What made you start?

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31 responses to “6 Reasons A No Sugar Diet Won’t Make You Healthier.”

  1. Ania says:

    Ha, ha, I did and lasted about one day. But I spent 3 years on a sugarless but still sweet diet, courtesy of stevia, and the results have been very nice.

    • survivalone says:

      Can you tell us a sample of the sugar free (stevia) meals you eat? I hate trying to follow a plan and people say just eliminate blah blah but never say what you can eat like a list of foods or menus that are simple two and three ingredients.
      I have a friend doing the no sugar no flour and that’s all they tell me! I say okay that’s in everything, one or both will be in literally everything. So I read ingredients and it’s there so all I see is veggies to eat.
      So, what can I think it’s a matter of calories because I did low fat and lost a lot but it was so much easier to do.

  2. Nina says:

    I have never tried a sugar free diet, but I try to be conscious of how much I’m eating. Still, I have a tbsp of maple syrup in my oatmeal, and 1/2 tbsp in my coffee every day – which sometimes feels like an awful lot in the morning. But then by evening, ice cream and chocolate are fine to my brain!

  3. Roy Williams says:

    Hi Maria, I see a lot of different recommendations for what is a “proper” calorie intake. While some people can handle the ambiguities in calorie counting, most people I talk to just roll their eyes at the thought – what are you thoughts on coaching people on how to watch their calorie intake?? Thanks!

    • Maria B. says:

      Great question but impossible to answer in a comment. I’d start with teaching folks to pay attention to hunger cues and mindful eating. Then I’d help them change their environment so that they’re not nudged to eat things they’d rather avoid eating. Then teaching about planning in advance, how to work around all you can eat buffets, etc. These are just some of the things I’d cover.

      There’s actually A LOT involved. I have a full course about it – Lose Weight Slooowly.

  4. Sean Patullo says:

    I first tried the Sugar free & high protein diet because it was recommend to me by a Personal Trainer, i did actually see fantastic results but i was never able to sustain it! which lead me to 5-6 years of Yo-Yo weight loss and a self esteem that was totally shattered! I’ve just started eating now regular (non processed) Foods, Lots of lean meats, heaps of fruit, veggies, and wholegrains and counting my calories. I find this is a slower way to lose weight, BUT i think it works better for me and its something i’ll find a heap easier to stick to.

    • Maria B. says:

      So what helped you change your mind and your approach? Curious.

    • Sean Patullo says:

      I used to weigh 110kgs and I had permanently lost 20kgs about 10 years ago just by restricting my food intakes, counting my calories and visiting the gym. When I got to 90kgs (around my current weight) I found it really hard to lose more weight, so I started trying ‘Fad’ diets which over the past 5 years has seen my weight fluctuate between 75kgs and 95kgs multiple times, destroying the elasticity of my skin leaving me with a saggy body.

      My Partner recently tried going vegetarian and although that didn’t last for more than 2 weeks it reminded me of how much I loved regular wholesome foods, (fruits for starters!!) and how good whole grains made me feel fuller for longer!
      I just decided that I’d get back into eating normal foods again, I downloaded a calorie counter app and started what I know works best!
      I rejoined the gym, and now record and monitor all my food intake, I’m prepared for it to be a longer process, but if I’d just of done it 5 years ago I’d easily have my dream body by now.

    • Maria B. says:

      “if I’d just of done it 5 years ago I’d easily have my dream body by now.” These are great insights Sean. Sometimes the approach that seems slowest is actually the one that’s actually fastest. Thanks for sharing.

    • Alicia Shortt says:

      Homosexuality is a sin
      1 Corinthians 6:9-11
      Praise Yahshua for truth!

    • Clara Modsgwrischwili says:

      what the hell alicia – god loves everyone except for hateful people like you

    • Alicia Shortt says:

      Im sorry you think I’m hateful because I’m not.
      I just don’t want anyone to go to hell because I wasn’t brave enough to tell them the truth.
      Yahshua died for our sins and if the person repents of it He will forgive. But if they don’t judgement will follow.
      Although He loved us enough to send His Son to die for us.
      He is a just God and must punish wickedness if it is not repented of. I pray that you will repent of your sins and be forgiven.
      Praise Yahshua for truth and grace!
      John 3:16

    • Lydia Lorraine says:

      Why do you worship a God with so much hate in his heart?

    • Alicia Shortt says:

      “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son So that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish.”
      John 3:16

      Yahweh is full of love it’s the world that hates Him and His word.
      He gives mercy to those who love and obey Him.
      And He did show mercy for us in sending His Son.

      Romans 5:8
      “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
      But if we don’t receive that gift and treat it with respect by our obedient love.
      It’s like saying to God I don’t appreciate what You have done for me.
      He created us and knows how things should be.
      he created man to be with woman.
      Took the woman from Adams rib.
      Made her apart of him.
      And said be fruitful and multiply…

      All He asks of us is to love Him enough to obey Him.
      There is grace for the humble but the proud He puts far from Him.
      If a person is sinning all they have to do is ask forgiveness and turn from that sin.
      Asking Yahshua to become their Saviour.
      If they don’t turn and obey then He as a just God must punish sin.
      Just as our parents discipline us when we disobey so does our heavenly Father.
      If we listen He forgives us and makes us new in Christ.
      I pray you see His love for you in sending His only Son to pay for your sins.
      And that one day you can know the joy of being forgiven.
      I have been forgiven many things in my life.
      And just want others to know His word too so they can be forgiven.
      As a Christian I have a responsibility to speak truth faithfully and lovingly.
      I hope I have accomplished that.
      If it seemed like I was being harsh that was not my goal.
      I pray that whoever is living in sin finds the truth and is saved by His grace.
      I am very thankful for His grace in my life.
      I did not deserve it but He gave it anyway because He does love me.
      GOD IS LOVE?
      Praise Yahshua for the day of His return!

    • Alicia Shortt says:

      “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”
      Ephesians 4:29

      Please learn to be gracious in your speech to others!
      If you can’t say something encouraging,truthful or instructive don’t say anything at all.
      Having bad manners is never going to win anyone to your side.
      I pray you will learn to be loving in your responses next time.
      And that you are convicted of your sin.
      May Yahshua bless you to know the truth and find Salvation.
      Praise Yahshua for truth!

    • Lydia Lorraine says:

      You didn’t answer my question.

    • Alicia Shortt says:

      I answered your questions as best as I can,but you don’t believe me.All I can say is I will pray He reveals His heart to you.All you have to do to get to know who He is,is ask!
      Ask Yahshua (Jesus) to be your all and show you truth that sets you free!
      Matthew 7:7
      “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:”
      He does not have a heart of hate.
      He loves us very much!
      It’s the world who hates Him because they are not willing to come into the light that their deeds may be exposed.
      They love the darkness and sin more than Him.
      John 3:17-19
      “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

      He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
      And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.”

      Do you choose to be saved or do you choose to go your own way and be lost to the salvation He died to give you?
      That’s your decision to make.
      If you choose to be His you won’t regret it!
      He will reveal His love to you and you will know for yourself that Yahweh(God) is love!
      ? Praise Yahshua for truth!

    • Ernesto Frances says:

      Holy shit. If thousands of years ago a man said he was a magician and disappears . What proof do you have. And please don’t say faith or quote the bible it is a Great book. But that just what it is. A book with poems .stories .and not one proven word. Its meant to bring peace and it does. But that is it…argue THAT

    • Alicia Shortt says:

      I know the Bible is true yes by faith and by the fact He has shown Himself faithful to me many times.
      I have been healed by His power many times.
      Broken nose prayed over by pastor when I was a teen healed with no visible signs anything had happened to it afterwards.
      He has blessed me with two wonderful children.
      One after two heart breaking miscarriages.
      He told me in a dream the morning it happened that there was hope for the next one.
      And a month later I was found to be pregnant with my little boy Jonah.
      All you have to do is look at the world around you and know it didn’t happen by accident or evolution but by divine design and power.
      I pray one day Yahweh God will show Himself to you in a way that
      You will believe in Him.
      All of us must face Him someday and I pray yours is a joyful reunion.
      If you don’t accept His divinity thru His Son Yahshua I shudder to think about what your meeting will be like.
      It won’t be a happy one.
      The Bible is the source of all truth and where we learn about God and His character.
      If we don’t have faith in His word and in His Son we have nothing and are nothing.
      John 3:17-21
      For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

      Praise Yahshua for truth!

    • Ernesto Frances says:

      Homosexuality is a SIN?
      HOW ABOUT Incest.?
      Genesis 3:20

      Common sense is not very common amongst the religious folk.

    • Alicia Shortt says:

      “Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.”
      Romans 4:15
      Before Moses there was no law against incest.
      After the law was given by Moses from God it was sin.
      But to suggest Adam was committing incest with Eve is not good doctrine.
      Especially as he was not her father.
      Yahweh took his rib and made her just as He had Adam.
      To show that she was apart of him.
      The way a wife becomes one with her husband after they marry.
      It was a beautiful act of creation not some shady thing you are trying to make it.
      She was created as a helpmeet to Adam.
      Yes ,the rest of humanity at that time had to marry brothers and sisters until the population caught up.
      In order to fulfill the command be fruitful and multiply.
      But once population had caught up and when the law was given it was not necessary or appropriate for close relatives to marry.
      Yahweh can make whatever ruling He wants .He is God !No one should question His right to rule.
      Not you or me or anyone has that right.

      Corinthians 1:18-31 King James Version (KJV)
      18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

      19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.

      20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?

      21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

      22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:

      23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;

      24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

      25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

      26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:

      27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

      28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:

      29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.

      30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

      31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

      King James Version (KJV)
      Public Domain

      May His truth be shown to you that you may show respect to Him and be saved!
      Praise Yahshua for truth!

  5. Lydia Lorraine says:

    Not entirely convinced by argument number 3, sugar is highly addictive which has been demonstrated time and time again by numerous different sources and disciplines. One solo study that says the opposite isn’t enough weight to through this one in the Myth pile. A simple Google Scholar search will more than demonstrate this.

    Fat is also highly addictive, if you combine 2 highly addictive substances together of course this is going to cause more damage and be more addictive than the food with only 1 addictive substance in it.

    The rest of the points made are basic common sense. Replacing white sugar with brown sugar,
    quite simply is not cutting out sugar. So I am not sure why the author has even mentioned this point, people who are replacing sugar are not attempting to cut it out.

    There are a lot of people out there who are unaware of how much sugar is in everything, so many of these points need to be made. however, I am trying to find a truly sugar free diet to try and improve my skin, all of the dishes have either pasta or potato – 2 of the worst shopping items for sugar content! I think i may have to go to the paleo sites…

  6. Marji Bordner says:

    This article is very misleading. I don’t think most people are following a no-sugar diet by dropping ALL sugars, just the refined “added” sugars. Claiming that following a no-sugar diet is harmful because you won’t be eating fruits or drinking milk is completely misinterpreting the no sugar diet.

  7. RedsVoice says:

    I lost you when you said Sugar is not addictive. 😛

  8. Jonny says:

    This article is the reason why we are so unhealthy in this nation. Does this guy have any science to back up what he’s saying here? Sugar is the root of all man made diseases, such as type II diabetes and heart disease. This guy has a M.S. degree in nutrition and was probably given the same type of garbage that MDs get in medical school. Keeping insulin levels down is the goal to keeping weight off to prevent the storage of fat tissue, and how do we do that? Keep blood sugar levels down by reducing sweets and limiting excess carbs. Ugh, so sad that people read stuff like this and quote it to people around them…

  9. Sarah Keys says:

    This is article is so wrong in many ways. Yes sugar is the main cause for obesity, different studies prove it. Sugar is highly addictive, different studies prove this. A lot of mention about Calories, but calories is very misleading. Not all calories are equal. The number of calories of a coke may be the same of eating some vegetables, but the effect produced on your body are very different. Counting calories is a very wrong way to approach nutrition. In fact, counting calories is only profitable for food companies to advertise that these diet coke only contains X calories. When inside of diet coke is apastarme and many other dangerous artificial sweeteners. How in hell google ranks this article ?

  10. Kevin Landavazo says:

    The reason people binge is because they need to replace the absence of sugar with fat. Your body doesn’t like using protein as an energy source which is why you feel those cravings. Show the studies you’re using, we’ll break down the methods used, and show how they don’t interpret what they’re testing properly. I’m sorry that your professors are making you learn about studies and research that are funded by the sugar industry.

  11. MissMaritimer says:

    This is the most irresponsible article i have read in while. wow.

  12. Eric M. says:

    Anyone saying “this article is wrong” is wrong. Not that the article is right. The science is simply not settled, so to make the argument that one line of thinking is incorrect is disingenuous at best.

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