The most extensive study on nutrition and obesity on a European level was presented in Palma yesterday, at the third national congress of the Spanish Nutrition Society. The survey, known as CARMEN, comes to the conclusion that sugar does not make you fat. Xavier Formiguera, the director of the project in Spain, said that sugar had an undeserved bad reputation. He explained that it was not the sugar in sweets that piled on the kilos, but the fats they contain and insisted that it has not been scientifically proved that sugar makes you fat. Wim H M Saris, the international director of the project, said that the study concluded that a reduction in fats and increase in carbo hydrates, whether simple (sugar) or complex (pasta, bread, potatoes, rice) leads to a loss of weight in persons who are obese or overweight. This means, he explained, that restrictive diets are not necessary as their effectiveness is doubtful and they are never completed. Just cutting down on fat and increasing carbohydrates will lead to weight loss.
Sugar does not make you fat say experts in nutrition
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