Some Calories Are Worse Than Others, Says New Study

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We know that there are good calories and bad calories. However, a new study shows that there are even worse calories. But what should we avoid? A group of researchers has looked into the issue and found the answer.

A group of 22 nutrition researchers discovered that it’s the sweet food that increases the risk of cardio-metabolic diseases and obesity. The calories we should avoid are in sugar-sweetened beverages. And if a person is on a diet but still drinks sugary drinks, they won’t gain much weight, but they will have a higher risk of developing different diseases.

The study has just been published in Obesity Reviews (in a position paper). The researchers wanted to see if calories are equally affecting the metabolism. It seems that the diets can lead to diseases like Type 2 diabetes, to cardiovascular disease and obesity.

Stay Away From Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

Kimber Stanhope is the lead author of the paper and a nutritional biologist with the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California. She explained how bad sugary drinks are for our health:

“What’s new is that this is an impressive group of scientists with vast experience in nutrition and metabolism agreeing with the conclusion that sugar-sweetened beverages increase cardiometabolic risk factors compared to equal amounts of starch.”

Stanhope also added that there are no studies that link noncaloric sweeteners to weight gain:

“If you go on the internet and look up aspartame, the layperson would be convinced that aspartame is going to make them fat, but it’s not. The long and short of it is that no human studies on noncaloric sweeteners show weight gain.”

She also recommends people to eat unprocessed foods or minimize the intake. An excellent way to reduce cardiometabolic risk is to eat dairy foods like yogurt and cheese. They might be high in saturated fat, but they’re healthy:

“We all agree that a healthy diet pattern consisting of minimally processed whole grains, fruit, vegetables, and healthy fats promotes health compared with the refined and palatable typical Western diet pattern.”

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Andre Blair s is the lead editor for Advocator.ca. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Administration, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Andre specializes in environmental health, but writes on a variety of issues.


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