The Science of Sugars

Thanks for your interest in IFIC Foundation's "The Science of Sugars."

This four-part series of articles explores the scientific evidence surrounding sugars. A vast amount of research has been conducted on sugars and health and although there is an emotional tie to sugar, this review attempts to separate fiction from the scientific facts.

"The Science of Sugars" was published in 2012 in consecutive issues of the peer-reviewed journal, Nutrition TodayRead on for article descripitions below. You can view the final peer-reviewed manuscript(s) below or access the final published versions on Nutrion Today's website.


Part 1

A Closer Look At Sugars  

This first article examines the types of sugars, their functionality in foods, and the various words used to describe sweeteners. The article appeared in the May/June 2012 issue of Nutrition Today.

Part 2

Sugars and a Healthful Diet

This part of the series addresses several potential sugars and health relationships, sugar consumption and nutritional quality of the diet, recommendations for sugars or added sugar intake, and the utility of the glycemic index and glycemic load. This article was published in the July/August 2012 issue of Nutrition Today.


Part 3 

Sugars and Chronic Disease Risks

This part of "The Science of Sugars" article series explores the relationship between sugars and diabetes, obesity, insulin resistance, sugar-sweetened beverages, satiety of liquids versus solids and cardiovascular health. The third part appeared in the September/October 2012 issue of Nutrition Today.



 Part 4 

Sugars and Other Health Issues 

This final part reviews the association between sugars and dental health, between sugars and cognitive function, and between sugars and physical activity. This article was published in the November/December 2012 of Nutrition Today.