Fat vs Sugar
Most of the people that I have met down the years who, when they realise I work in fitness will without hesitating ask the question “How do I get rid of the fat?” while simultaneously holding the spare tire around their waist. However is it fat that we need to be careful of or is it our sugar intake?
Resent research funded by the National Institutes of Health in America and published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, suggests that it is not the fat in cakes and alike which attracts our taste buds but the high sugar content instead. Furthermore Dr. Stice, a senior research scientist at the Oregon Research Institute as quoted in the New York Times suggested “We do a lot of work on the prevention of obesity, and what is really clear…….is that the more sugar you eat, the more you want to consume it.“As far as the ability to engage brain reward regions and drive compulsive intake, sugar seems to be doing a much better job than fat.”
So is sugar addictive? Well Dr. Avena from the New York Obesity Research Center at Columbia University has found that sugar does affect the opiate receptors which are responsible for regulating pain, reward and euphoria in rats. Furthermore once the sugar was taken away the animals showed withdrawal type symptoms.
So think about that next time you pick up a low fat yoghurt!