Sugar and Excess Weight: Evidence Mounts
Sugar & Weight: Perspective
The results suggest sugar increases body weight mainly by encouraging overeating, according to Walter Willett, MD, PhD, MPH, chair of nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health. He co-wrote an editorial to accompany the study.
However, he writes, many questions remain about sugar and weight.
The 10% limit set by the WHO ''could be viewed as a realistic practical goal," he says.
Keeping sugar to 10% of calories, if on a 2,000-calorie-a-day diet, would mean eating and drinking just 200 calories a day of sugars.
One way to cut down is to eat whole fruit and not drink sweetened juices, says Ping Zhou, MD, a pediatric endocrinologist at The Children's Hospital of Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx.
Sugars from whole fruits have not been linked with weight gain, according to Willett.