Nutrition Videos

Dennis Bier

Video Teaser: Dietary Sugars: Not as Sour as they are made out to be


Sugars are mother nature’s most essential nutrients from an evolutionary and nutritional perspective. Infants are born with sweet taste receptors, and sugars represent approximately one-third of the calories in human milk. Current evidence suggests that infants are born with a gut-to-brain sugar-sensing pathway that promotes the development of a behavioural preference for sugar. Moreover, glucose is the preferred fuel by the brain; during the period of brain growth in the first 6 to 9 years of life, children need approximately 3 times the amount of glucose as adults. The evidence from studies in adults that sugars are causally responsible for most detrimental outcomes attributed to them is weak at best. Adverse outcomes appear strongly dependent on the maintenance of energy balance. Sugars, like any macronutrient, should not be consumed in amounts that interfere with satisfying the requirements for adequacy of all other essential nutrients. No macronutrients, such as proteins, fats, sugars or complex carbohydrates, should be consumed in amounts that leads to excess energy storage.

This is a video teaser with key points from the presentation of  Prof. Dennis Bier during the 95th NNIW. Click on the link below if you want to see Prof. Dennis Bier’s full talk: