If you like sweets, you may love this news. Sugar isn't what Rippe Lifestyle Institute researchers believe is causing the obesity epidemic.
"A lot of people have misconceptions about the issue of whether or not sugar is making us fat. The short answer is no. Sugar is not the major culprit," said cardiologist Dr. James Rippe.
In fact, Dr. James Rippe says overeating is what's to blame.
"If we compare what we are doing right now to 1970, the average person in our country is consuming about 458 calories more than we were consuming in 1970. That is almost an extra meal a day," said Dr. Rippe.
At his institute in Orlando, Dr. Rippe says studies have consistently proven it's the amount of what we're eating, not what we're putting into our mouths. He says sugar in moderation, is part of a regular, healthy diet.
"The studies are very clear that it is not sugar that is making us obese. It is the totality of the diet where we are simply consuming too much of everything," said Dr. Rippe.