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Sugar is the only food known to man that contains calories (lots) and no nutrients whatsoever.
Other food groups like fats, proteins and indeed carbohydrates (to which group sugar belongs) contain calories, but also have vitamins, fibre, minerals and micro-nutrients contained within.
This is where the phrase “empty calories originates. Like a box with nothing but calories in it, sugar is just energy. Furthermore it is so easily absorbed into the blood stream to use for fuel that it creates an insulin reaction. As we have seen in other posts, insulin prompts the storage of fat, while ceasing the metabolisation of existing fats within the adipose tissue.