Sugar – The Sweet Truth

There are only 2 things that every nutritionist in the world seems to agree on (and we know everyone is a nutritionist these days). Vegetables are good and sugar is bad.

But things aren’t so black and white if we let the light of science shine on sugar. Will sugar make you fat? It depends on your diet.


Read the full article on Bret Contreras’s blog.


  1. Bob Z. says:

    Hi Menno:

    I hope you are well and looking forward to picking up where we left off on peak week protocols later this year!

    On the topic of refined sugar, this is an area I have done a lot of study in as well as in the area of disease prevention and treatment through nutrition and nutraceuticals.

    I will agree with you that from the standpoint of pure energy expenditure, calories are calories. Therefore, theoretically, one can lose weight and meet physique goals even if refined sugar is part of a diet that is providing all the other necessary micro and macro nutrients.

    However, the ill health effects of consuming processed, refined sugar, otherwise referred to as “white gold”, are well documented. I would suggest one first start their research with the history of processed sugar, including who created it and marketed it and what was happening economically and culturally at the time. I am sad to say there is a definite agenda behind processed sugar.

    From there, I would compare charts of cancer rates side by side with the dawn of processed sugar in Western cultures. The correlation is startling. I believe similar correlations exist between overall processed sugar consumption and metabolic conditions as well, but I can’t recall the exact details.

    In the interest of one’s overall health and to greatly reduce the risk of long term disease states, I would limit if not simply eliminate processed sugar from one’s diet.


  2. Danny Vee says:

    Just saw you in an interview on YouTube which was very informative. My question is are there any ingredients in the common preworkout that ACTUALLY physically help muscle building?

    • That really depends on the scenario. E.g. caffeine can aid cardio performance and thereby increase fat loss; creatine is commonly found in pre-workouts and is well established to work in responders.

  3. Ray says:

    Good stuff Menno!

  4. Toro Do says:

    Does the same conclusions reached if we think about HFCS? I believe there was a UC Davis that showed that HFCS are worst if you consumed 20% of total calories from it, compared to other form of sugar. Thoughts?

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