Sugars are fattening

They can be. Sugars, including white, brown or raw sugar, glucose (dextrose), corn syrup, honey and invert sugar, are foods. Like any other food, sugars contribute to excess body fat if we overeat. Sugars themselves do not play a unique role in causing us to become overweight. This occurs when we consume an excess of dietary energy (kilojoules) over the energy we use performing our daily activities. In trying to reduce weight by limiting food intake, the most obvious choice for many people is to exclude sugars and sweet foods. In the case of sugars for example, this lowers energy intake without significantly affecting the intake of essential nutrients. If you desire the sweetness of sugar without its kilojoules, foods and drinks can be sweetened using artificial sweeteners (see also ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS CAUSE CANCER).