Sugar or fat?

  • Starboard

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    Nov 27, 2007 6:40 PM GMT
    Although I am not religious about it, I try to watch the amounts of sugar and fat in my diet. Occasionally, I find myself grappling with the dilemma of one or the other...I suspect that extra calories are extra calories, but if you have the choice between something that is "low sugar/no sugar" or something that is "low fat/non fat", which is the the better option?
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    Nov 27, 2007 10:00 PM GMT
    I drink tons of skimmed milk, so I guess I go for the sugar option. But in general, a gram of fat = 9 kcal, while a gram of carb = 4 kcal. So you can figure out your best option.
  • Starboard

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    Dec 03, 2007 12:16 AM GMT
    I had never heard that carbs have higher caloric values than fat...That's interesting cuz my knee-jerk reaction would be to avoid fat over carbs...

    OK, so I was buying groceries and even though I don't drink coffee very often, I decided to buy some French Roast and one of those flavored creamers...I had to choose between the regular stuff, a sugar free version or a fat free version. I went with the fat free since sugar free usually means artificial sweetners which I try to avoid...was that the healthier option?
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    Dec 03, 2007 12:48 AM GMT
    It all depends on the type of sugar, as well as a combination of other things. If you are a prescriber to the glycemic index (which seems to make sense) sugar is a beast to be avoided by itself. It spikes your blood sugar and puts you into fat storing mode. Many fats will rev your metabolism. But even if you don't buy the glycemic index, I would go with no sugar over no fat. But avoid the saturated fats (although that seems to not be a problem if you don't have a genetic predisposition to bad cholesterol).

    I read a lot about this stuff because I used to be a fatty, and my dad had quadruple bypass. So I want to eat right and protect my heart.
  • Artesin

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    Dec 13, 2007 8:55 AM GMT
    Obviously fats and sugar are needed in any diet and it all comes down to what each one is representing. Fat is needed in the sense that it helps you feel fuller longer, however bad fats like margerine can turn into lipids within your body. Sugar keeps us awake and works in conjunction with everything else. It works in the same way as fat in that there are good and bad kinds. For example, bread seems harmless right ? Wrong. if it is bread made with enriched white flour it's had all dietary fiber and a bit of protein sucked out of it, so not only are you eatting something processed but you wont be as full for as long. Whereas with Whole wheat it still retains everything natural along with 4g or so of dietary fiber which will result in more energy throughout the day. If I had to pick one or the other Id probably pick the one that was less dangerous.

    Processed sugar will boost your glycemic index so high and cause your body to go into overdrive to get it under control, and the only way to get rid of it is store it as fat, if it is in excess. Fat generally does the same thing depending on if it's saturated or poly/monounsaturated which are the two healthy fats.
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    Dec 13, 2007 9:06 AM GMT
    Fats turn into lipids? All fats ARE lipids. DUH. From dictionary.com:

    lip·id /ˈlɪpɪd, ˈlaɪpɪd/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[lip-id, lahy-pid] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
    –noun Biochemistry.
    any of a group of organic compounds that are greasy to the touch, insoluble in water, and soluble in alcohol and ether: lipids comprise the fats and other esters with analogous properties and constitute, with proteins and carbohydrates, the chief structural components of living cells.

    There are times when sugars are good, times when fats are good, and times when both are bad.

    E.g. Post workout, while you're in the "golden hour" sugar is ideal for pushing glycogen into your muscles.

    Polyunsaturated and mono-unsaturated fats are good for you. Read this article from the renowned Mayo Clinic:

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/fat/NU00262

    You have to eat for your goals and performance. It's science.

    With regard to fiber, the best way to get it is to take it directly. Citrucel, Metamucil, etc.

    Protein = 4 kcal
    Carbs = 4 kcal
    Alcohol = 7 kcal
    Fats = 9 kcal to 11 kcal.

    Before you guys start talking out your ass, do some research first.

    The answer to your question is contingent to time of day, your activity, your goal, and body type. There's not one size fits all answer.