Sugar vs Fat: Which is Worse?

Sugar vs Fat

In trying to manage weight, which is better to cut out, sugar or fat?

As our society has become “fat phobic” in recent decades, the food market has become littered with low-fat and fat-free alternatives. However, in trying to manage weight and assuming calorie content is the same, it is better to choose fat over sugar whenever possible.

Sugar is instantly absorbed into the bloodstream. This produces a rapid increase in blood sugar followed by a rapid decrease in blood sugar. Because sugar is so easily digested, the feeling of fullness from eating sugary products disappears quickly, which ultimately produces a desire to eat more.

Fats on the other hand, slow the process of digestion and provide for a longer feeling of fullness. Additionally, certain fats, like monounsaturated fats and omega-3 fats, provide significant health benefits. Fats do, however, contain more calories per gram than sugars, so it is important to consume fats in moderation, as any excess of calories leads to weight gain.

The Conclusion

Avoid sugary foods as best as possible, especially those foods with excess added sugar. Do not be afraid of fat, as fats, especially healthy fats, slow the process of digestion and extend the feeling of fullness. (To learn more about healthy fats, see Fats and Fats: Complete Visual Breakdown).