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  • US mother seeks British sugar daddies to spoil her and pay for her daughters' private school [tr]

    09/22/2015 6:17:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 31 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 22, 2015 | Phoebe Jackson-Edwards
    A mother-of-two who leads a luxurious lifestyle paid for by sugar daddies is appealing to British men to come forward and help contribute towards her daughters’ private school fees. Nina Peterson, 37, who lives in Florida, finds wealthy suitors to finance her extravagant purchases – which include a $40,000 (£25,000) Mercedes Benz as well as a Porsche Boxer and a Maserati. Nina, who said she likes being looked after, wants to find a British sugar daddy to help pay for daughters Sky, 12, and Rose, nine, to attend a high-end school. She said she would encourage her girls to pursue...
  • Marco Rubio: sugar subsidies preserve American agriculture

    09/01/2015 3:15:11 PM PDT · by iowamark · 46 replies
    RedState ^ | 9/1/2015 | streiff
    Every once in a while a politician says something that you think can’t possibly be correct… until you find that it is. This happened earlier in the month (better late than never) when Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 92% was asked about sugar subsidies: “I’m ready to get rid of the loan program for sugar, as long as the countries that export sugar into the U.S. get rid of theirs as well, and here’s why: Otherwise, Brazil will wipe out our agriculture and it’s not just sugar.”“I’m prepared to say, absolutely, we should change the law so that as soon as...
  • How US Sugar Policies Just Helped America Lose 600 Jobs

    08/20/2015 7:21:46 PM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 8/20/15 | Bryan Riley
    The manufacturer of Oreo cookies recently announced plans to move production of Oreos from Chicago to Mexico, resulting in a loss of 600 U.S. jobs.This should be a wake-up call to defenders of the U.S. sugar program and other job-destroying trade barriers.The leading ingredient in Oreos is sugar, and U.S. trade barriers currently require Americans to pay twice the average world prices for sugar.Sugar-using industries now have a big incentive to relocate from the United States to countries where access to their primary ingredient is not restricted.If the government wants people making Oreo cookies and similar products to keep their...
  • Forget gold, the sugar price collapse is far more dramatic [deflation, not debasing]

    07/22/2015 4:13:03 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 32 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 21 Jul 2015 | John Ficenec
    Things are not so sweet for the sugar market. Prices have been tumbling and reached a six-year low on Monday on news that Brazil's cane growers are in for a bumper harvest. But while gold made the headlines, the dramatic fall in the sugar price was widely overlooked, despite closing down 4.4pc, compared with a 2.3pc slump in the price of bullion. Over the past year alone, sugar prices have fallen by a quarter. So why has everything turned sour? Bumper Harvest Monday's sharp price drop was driven by signs that Brazil, the world's biggest producer of sugar, is on...
  • Vermont's Vending Machine And Soda Taxes Kick In

    07/07/2015 10:27:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Vending Times ^ | July 7, 2015 | Emily Jed
    MONTPELIER, VT -- All food and beverages sold through vending machines are now subject to Vermont's 9% meals and rooms tax, effective July 1. A 6% sales tax on sugary drinks is also in effect. The new levies are part of a tax package that lawmakers passed in May to raise a $30 million in new revenue. Lawmakers expect the sales tax on soft drinks to raise about $8 million a year, and applying the meals tax to vending machines to add about $1 million a year. Exempt from Vermont's sugary drink tax are products that contain milk, soy, rice...
  • Sweet Tooth Causes Some Major Side Effects On your Brains! (Memory loss)

    06/26/2015 1:22:12 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 13 replies
    Sweet Tooth Causes Some Major Side Effects On your Brains! June 24, 2015 If you love your fried, fatty foods smothered in chocolate and generously dusted with icing sugar? Then, you might just have to say goodbye to mental acuity.A new research conducted in Oregon State University has revealed that a high-sugar, high-fat diet can drastically modify your gut bacteria which in turn may lead to significant losses in ‘cognitive flexibility’ – a measurement of the brain’s ability to switch between thinking about one concept to another, and to adapt to changes in the environment.The study, which was conducted on...
  • Chocolate, Chocolate, It's Good For Your Heart, Study Finds

    06/22/2015 1:32:58 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 20 replies
    NPR ^ | June 19, 2015 5:03 AM ET | Allison Aubrey
    Here's a sweet notion: Eat a little chocolate each day and you could be doing your heart a favor. A new study published in the journal Heart found that habitual chocolate eaters had a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and strokes compared to people who didn't eat chocolate. So, what is it about chocolate that could possibly lead to such a benefit? Well, when you strip out the sugar and milk that's added to chocolate, you're left with the cocoa bean. And it's the compounds in the cocoa that researchers are most interested in. The study is part of a...
  • [California:] Davis ordinance seeks middle ground in sugary beverage debate

    05/27/2015 10:52:49 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 33 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | May 27, 2015 | Sammy Caiola
    Do you want water or milk with that? Servers at Davis city restaurants will soon be asking that question to customers ordering kids’ meals with beverages, under a new ordinance designed to discourage sugary soda consumption. The ordinance, passed on a unanimous 5-0 vote Tuesday night, will require any Davis restaurant that offers a meal-with-drink kids’ menu to make water or milk, not soda, the primary option. Parents can still request soda at no extra charge, but must specifically ask for it. By Sept. 1, Davis restaurants must prove compliance with the city ordinance by submitting a copy of their...
  • The Audacity of Soup Nazis

    04/07/2015 2:56:42 PM PDT · by xuberalles · 17 replies
    Self | 4/7/15 | Me
    The day the government tries to tell me what to eat, i.e. no red meat, fried foods or sugar, is the day I show them how to conduct a successful colonoscopy with a watermelon. We have 93 million citizens out of the workforce, 18 trillion in debt, unvetted illegal immigrants are streaming across the border, and Washington is worried about what’s on my plate? Unbeknownst to Obama & Co. - who can’t tell the truth to save their life and who refuse to take responsibility for a smorgasbord of failures and abuse - the Constitution is not a napkin and...
  • Missouri to Change Food Stamp Policy: Welfare Leeches Won’t Like it One Bit

    04/07/2015 7:42:59 AM PDT · by safetysign · 90 replies
    Joe For America ^ | 04/06/2015 | BARON VON KOWENHOVEN
    re you sick of seeing “welfare leeches” in the grocery checkout line with carts stuffed full of junk food snacks, soda and even porterhouse steaks and crab legs? So is Missouri House Rep. Rick Brattin, who has begun pushing for legislation prohibiting welfare abusers from buying foods that most hard-working Americans can’t always afford. After Brattin heard a food stamp recipient say, “This is the way I want to live and I don’t really see anything changing,” he knew something needed to be addressed. “The intention of the bill is to get the food stamp program back to its original...
  • Mrs. Obama: Americans Should Drink Unsweetened Tea

    03/18/2015 3:36:16 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 156 replies ^ | Todd Starnes
    The First Lady of these United States is now urging Americans to stop drinking sweet tea. Yes – friends – you heard correctly. Mrs. Obama has declared war on the House Wine of the South. It’s all part of her anti-obesity campaign — called Let’s Move. The website Free Beacon was the first to report on her latest culinary atrocities – urging us to wash down our lettuce and bean sprouts with unsweetened tea. The First Lady also told Americans to stay away from all-you-can-eat buffets — which I’m sure is great news for all those folks employed by all-you-can-eat...
  • 'We are NOT prostitutes!' Femail goes inside the 'sugar daddy' dating world with the women [tr]

    03/12/2015 7:57:04 AM PDT · by C19fan · 47 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 12, 2015 | Annabel Fenwick Elliott
    Sugar daddy dating sites - where young, attractive women can find themselves rich, older men who will pay for their companionship - have soared in popularity over the years. SugarDaddyForMe, the largest network in the world, boasts 45 million users, and, according to Femail's interviews with more than 20 of its female users, enables women to earn more than $60,000 a year, as well as endless perks – and a handful of surprisingly substantial relationships with their sugar daddies. Many of the women who use the website have a great deal in common. They were almost all 'skeptical' of the...
  • New US Diet Guidelines Take Aim at Sugar

    02/23/2015 7:05:17 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 68 replies ^ | February 20, 2015 | HealthDay
    Stop chugging sugary soda and munching sweet treats. Cut back on red meats, butter and other sources of saturated fat. Lay off the salt shaker. Eat plenty of fruits and veggies. And don't worry about having an egg and an extra cup of coffee with your breakfast. These are the conclusions of the advisory panel that helps shape America's official dietary guidelines, and they appear to be about the same as they were back in 2010, the last time the guidelines were updated, dietitians say. "What's good about the report is that much of it is reinforcing what we saw...
  • Sugary Drinks Tied to Earlier Menstruation

    01/30/2015 6:01:02 AM PST · by Zakeet · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 27, 2014 | Nicholas Bakalar
    Here is another mark against sugary drinks: A new study has found that drinking them is associated with lowered age of menarche. Age of first menses has decreased substantially since the early 20th century, and studies have shown that younger age of menarche is associated with increased risk of breast and endometrial cancer in later life. [Snip] After controlling for birth weight, maternal age at menarche, physical activity, and many dietary and behavioral factors, [researchers] found that girls who drank one-and-a-half 12-ounce cans a day of nondiet soda or sugared iced tea had their first period an average of 2.7...
  • Is Pizza As Bad For Kids As Sugary Drinks?

    01/19/2015 7:17:33 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 53 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | January 19, 2015 | Julie Watts
    (CBS SF) — A new study finds kids are gobbling up pizza at an alarming rate. The Journal of Pediatrics study found nearly a quarter of all American kids are eating pizza on any given day and that pizza makes up nearly a quarter of their calories. The study found kids and teens are getting more calories from pizza than anything else they eat — besides dessert. For many, it’s a wake-up call to reevaluate how parents feed their kids.
  • What Could Go Wrong? Obama Frees Nuclear Terrorist from Gitmo

    01/01/2015 12:23:29 AM PST · by Zakeet · 17 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | December 31, 2014 | Jim Holt
    What could go wrong? Barack Obama released a nuclear terrorist back to Afghanistan this month. Mohammad Zahir was in possession of uranium for use in making an atomic bomb when he was captured. Daniel Greenfield at Frontpage Magazine reported: If Obama has a red line when it comes to releasing terrorists, we haven’t seen it yet. There appears to be no threat that a terrorist can pose and no crime he has committed too severe to prevent him from getting a plane trip out of Gitmo at taxpayer expense. The last releases saw terrorists rated as high risk freed by...
  • Hershey exploring removal of corn syrup (HFCS)

    12/02/2014 11:45:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 2, 2014 2:21 PM EST | Candice Choi
    Hershey is looking at replacing the high-fructose corn syrup in some of its products with sugar. Will Papa, chief research and development officer at The Hershey Co., told The Associated Press the company uses a mix of sugar and high-fructose corn syrup in its products but that it is “moving more toward sugar.” “We take into account what consumers want. And consumers are telling us between the two, they prefer sugar,” Papa said. Moving toward sugar would make Hershey a high-profile example of the move away from high-fructose corn syrup in the food industry. …
  • Food for Thought: Sugar tax could bite into your sweet tooth

    11/17/2014 9:50:50 AM PST · by John David Powell · 18 replies
    CW39 ^ | 11/10/14
    HOUSTON, Texas – If you guzzle a lot of soft drinks, you know, carbonated colas, well, you could be paying a little more for all that sugar. And when you do, you can thank the gentle woman from Connecticut, Rosa Delauro. Rep. Delauro (D-CT) is responsible for the “Sugar Sweetened Beverages Tax Act” or just the “Sweet Act” if you prefer the lite version. She wants congress to put an extra tax on drinks that contain sugar or any other sweetener with calories. It would be just a penny per teaspoon, but that could end up adding about 15 cents...
  • Voters in Berkeley overwhelmingly pass nation's first 'sugar tax' raising the price of sodas

    11/05/2014 10:48:03 AM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 5, 2014 | Michael Zennie
    Berkeley, California, one of the most liberal cities in the nation, have overwhelmingly approved the nation's first 'sugar tax,' which will raise the cost of sodas and energy drinks by one penny per ounce. A similar tax in neighboring San Francisco, which would have levied two cents per ounce, failed to pass - gaining 55percent of the vote, short of the two-thirds majority needed. The Berkeley tax would raise the cost of a can of Pepsi from $1 to $1.12, but bigger fountain drinks would get hit harder. A large Coke from McDonald's would go from $2.29 to $2.61. A...
  • A Halloween Sack Full of Subsidized Sugar

    10/31/2014 9:49:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | October 31, 2014 | Jim Martin
    If you really want to put a spook into people this Halloween, maybe dress up like the Free Market. That's a vision that scares a lot of folks these days – especially those who grow the sugar in our favorite holiday candies. Here in America, where the free-enterprise system should be celebrated, the government artificially props up prices by mandating how much sugar farmers can produce, restricting competition with high tariffs and buying up sugar with taxpayer money when there’s a surplus. That means in the U.S. we’re paying more for sugar and the many products that use sugar than...
  • The Louisiana Senate race: Sweet success

    10/30/2014 3:31:48 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 7 replies
    The Economist ^ | Dec 12th 2002
    NEGATIVE advertising has its uses. It was ads mocking the stately Washington home of Mary Landrieu, Louisiana's Democratic junior senator, that forced her into a run-off after November's election. (SNIP) A Mexican newspaper reported that Mr Bush had agreed to allow more sugar from that country into the United States. Ms Landrieu said this policy (which the White House denied approving) would hurt Louisiana's sugar-cane farmers, and promised to fight it. Her sudden embrace of protectionism was a bit hypocritical, since she and other Louisiana Democrats have scorned Mr Bush's decision to impose tariffs on the foreign steel that moves...
  • Coca Cola, PepsiCo work to reduce drink calories consumed by 2025

    09/23/2014 8:44:16 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 44 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | September 23, 2014 | Shan Li
    Soda giants Coca Cola Co., PepsiCo and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group are getting together to urge Americans to stop drinking so many sugary drinks.. The beverage companies announced a new initiative Tuesday to reduce by 20% the number of beverage calories consumed per person in the U.S. by 2025.
  • Sugar substance 'kills' good HDL cholesterol, new study finds

    09/03/2014 12:09:14 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 20 replies ^ | 01 SEP 2014 | Provided by University of Warwick (UK)
    Scientists at the University of Warwick have discovered that 'good' cholesterol is turned 'bad' by a sugar-derived substance. The substance, methylglyoxal - MG, was found to damage 'good' HDL cholesterol, which removes excess levels of bad cholesterol from the body. Low levels of HDL, High Density Lipoprotein, are closely linked to heart disease, with increased levels of MG being common in the elderly and those with diabetes or kidney problems. Supported by funding from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and published in Nutrition and Diabetes, the researchers discovered that MG destabilises HDL and causes it to lose the properties which...
  • Uncle Stupid’s Sugar Buzz: The US Government Aids the Sugar Industry's Legal Thievery

    08/29/2014 4:50:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/28/2014 | Kevin Williamson
    Twenty-three years ago, Pepe Fanjul went to the Dominican Republic on business and stayed for love. “I thought, wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a house in the Caribbean, a very airy, outdoor atmosphere — not busy — with ocean views from every window and lots of grass and greens, since my wife is an expert gardener. We didn’t want a marble palace; nothing formal like our New York apartment or even my ranch, just something that fit the area, a Caribbean feel — Bali Caribbean, if you will.” . . . Today, while the family shows up for...
  • Being Happy With Sugar

    06/11/2014 9:25:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | James Hamblin
    Popular media are full of claims that sugar is toxic. And there’s intense disagreement about recommendations to replace table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup with “natural” sweeteners like agave nectar or fruit juice. What to make of it all?r the past few months, I’ve become increasingly concerned about a sweetener that I’ve recommended on my show in the past,” Mehmet Oz lamented in an apology earlier this year. Oz, the practicing cardiac surgeon and professor at Columbia University who hosts an eponymous daytime-television extravaganza, is given to emphatic food recommendations. Either run and buy something, or throw it away. Throw...
  • Glycemic Control For Fun And Profit

    04/23/2014 9:15:16 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 4 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/23/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    According to the American Diabetes Association, 25.8 million children and adults in the United States–8.3% of the population–have diabetes (90-95% are type 2). This includes 18.8 million who are diagnosed and 7 million who are “undiagnosed.” And, if that weren’t bad enough, the ADA estimates that there are also 79 million so-called “prediabetics” in this country. Much more statistical information–and some elucidation of the dubious methodology behind it is available here. Why dubious? At best, these widely touted statistics are pedal to the metal extrapolations from National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data, which examines “a nationally representative sample of...
  • White House pastry chef resigns: ‘I don’t want to demonize cream, butter, sugar and eggs’

    03/18/2014 11:44:52 AM PDT · by don-o · 104 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 18, 2014 | Patrick Howley
    White House executive pastry chef Bill Yosses is resigning after First Lady Michelle Obama fundamentally changed his job duties to focus on healthier food. Yosses is leaving the White House in June to work on a new project focusing on “food literacy” and The New York Times says Michelle is “partly to blame.” The openly gay chef was hired by Laura Bush in 2007 to make his trademark cookie plates and sugar sculptures. Mrs. Obama took over in 2009 and ordered Yosses to make healthier plates in smaller portions. Yosses began replacing butter with fruit puree and sugar with honey...
  • World Health Organisation advises halving sugar intake

    03/06/2014 12:11:41 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | March 5, 2014 | Edward Malnick
    The daily allowance for a person's sugar intake should be halved to six teaspoons, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. Draft guidance published by the international body advises a dramatic reduction in sugar consumption to help avoid mounting health problems including obesity and tooth decay. The WHO is proposing to retain its current formal recommendation that no more than 10 per cent of an individual's calories should come from sugar – the equivalent of 12 "level" teaspoons a day for the average adult. However, its draft guidelines state that a further reduction to 5 per cent "would have additional...
  • That powdered doughnut could kill you, study shows

    02/04/2014 2:54:45 AM PST · by SMGFan · 49 replies AP ^ | February 3, 2014
    CHICAGO — Could too much sugar be deadly? The biggest study of its kind suggests the answer is yes, at least when it comes to fatal heart problems.
  • Maple Syrup Revolution: A New Discovery Could Change the Business Forever

    02/03/2014 10:44:37 AM PST · by Theoria · 77 replies
    Modern Farmer ^ | 20 Jan 2014 | Laura Sorkin
    This past fall I nearly made that clichéd mistake of getting in between a mother bear and her cubs. My husband, Eric and I have a farm and maple syrup operation situated on 1,000 acres of mostly wooded land in northern Vermont. I had walked a quarter mile through the forest to our house to retrieve our truck and upon my return, a medium-sized black bear ambled out of the woods and strode across the driveway right in front of me. I was stunned and enthralled since I had just five minutes previously passed by on foot. As I sat...
  • Twin Doctors’ Diet Experiment: One Gave Up Sugar, One Gave Up Fat

    01/31/2014 11:51:14 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | THURSDAY, JANUARY 30, 2014 | Victoria Taylor
    Sugar vs fat: Chris and Xand Van Tulleken, both 35, spent a month following restrictive fad diets to see if one food group is behind the obesity epidemic.Is a high-fat, low-carb diet better for you than a high-carb, low-fat one? A pair of British brothers set out to end the fat versus sugar debate. Alexander (Xand) Van Tulleken, a senior fellow at the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs at Fordham University in New York, and Chris Van Tulleken, a physician at University College Hospital, London, each agreed to stick to a specific diet for one month. Chris followed a super-low-fat...
  • Harper feels no need to temper sugar with vinegar

    01/20/2014 11:03:48 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 21/1/14 | Herb Keinon
    Like US President Barack Obama’s keynote address during his visit here in March, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s speech to the Knesset on Monday paid tribute to Israel’s values of freedom and democracy. Like French President Francois Hollande, who addressed the Knesset in November, Harper also hailed Israel’s spirit and resilience. What distinguished Harper’s comments was that the “honey” of his praise was not then tempered by the “vinegar” of his criticism. In Obama and Hollande’s addresses, the listener knew that all the favorable comments made about Israel in the first parts of their speeches would be followed by some...
  • Diet soda drinkers end up consuming more calories: Study

    01/18/2014 4:20:41 AM PST · by ETL · 47 replies
    CBS News ^ | January 16, 2014 | Michelle Castillo
    A new study conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health shows that overweight and obese adults who drank diet beverages took in more food calories on average than their counterparts who drank the sugary stuff. "Although overweight and obese adults who drink diet soda eat a comparable amount of total calories as heavier adults who drink sugary beverages, they consume significantly more calories from solid food at both meals and snacks," lead study author Sara Bleich, associate professor in the Bloomberg School's Department of Health Policy and Management, said in a press release. Researchers looked...
  • Portion control -- how the government plans to dictate what's on your dinner table in 2014

    01/04/2014 7:49:28 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    FOX News ^ | January 3, 2014 | Baylen Linnekin
    Would you rather sip on unpasteurized milk or a cold glass of soda? Do you prefer Saturday lunch at a fast food joint or a farmers market? Regardless of your choices, your food freedom -- your right to grow, raise, produce, buy, sell, share, cook, eat, and drink the foods you want -- is under attack. Here are ten food freedom issues to keep an eye on in 2014. 1: FDA May Ban or Restrict a Growing Number of Food Ingredients. The FDA has proposed banning oils containing trans fats, an ingredient found in foods like coffee creamers and muffins....
  • Brazil fire destroys one of world's biggest sugar terminals

    10/19/2013 3:55:21 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 14 replies
    A fire ravaged Copersucar's sugar terminal in Brazil on Friday, paralyzing operations of the world's biggest sugar trader and putting 10 million tonnes of export capacity offline for six months or more. The fire hit all of Copersucar's warehouses at the Santos port, igniting 180,000 tonnes of sugar - roughly 10 percent of Brazil's monthly sugar exports - and driving prices of the sweetener to a one-year high on global markets.
  • Study: Oreo Cookies As Addictive As Cocaine

    10/15/2013 4:59:36 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 69 replies
    Study: Oreo Cookies As Addictive As Cocaine Research Indicates High Fat, High Sugar Foods Trigger Pleasure Center In Brain October 15, 2013 4:59 PM NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Research out of Connecticut College shows that “America’s Favorite Cookie” may be as addictive as cocaine. Connecticut College psychology professor Joseph Schroeder and four students studied in rats whether high fat, high sugar foods can be as addictive as drugs of abuse. The research looked at the behaviors and the effects the cookies had on the brain. “We found that the behavior they exhibited was equally strong for Oreo cookies as it...
  • Why sweeteners may INCREASE sugar craving: They…can’t fool brain into producing pleasure response

    09/22/2013 10:21:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 18:04 EST, 22 September 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Choosing diet drinks and artificial sweeteners instead of high-calorie treats may increase your craving for sugar, a study has found. It is because sugar substitutes tickle the taste buds, but can’t fool the brain. The pleasure we get from sweet treats is the result of a chemical called dopamine, which is released in the brain when sugar is consumed and is linked to a feeling of reward. Artificial sweeteners and other low-calorie options do not cause the same reaction, leaving dieters with their craving—and making them far more likely to binge on sugar later on. …
  • Is sugar a toxin? Experts debate the role of fructose in our obesity epidemic

    09/10/2013 12:55:38 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies ^ | Monday, September 9, 2013 | By Tamar Haspel
    American eaters love a good villain. Diets that focus on one clear bad guy have gotten traction even as the bad guy has changed: fat, carbohydrates, animal products, cooked food, gluten. And now Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California at San Francisco, is adding sugar to the list. His book "Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease" makes the case that sugar is almost single-handedly responsible for Americans' excess weight and the illnesses that go with it. "Sugar is the biggest perpetrator of our current health crisis," says Lustig, blaming it...
  • News In Brief: Fructose may be key to weight gain

    09/10/2013 12:44:32 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 54 replies ^ | September 9, 2013 | By Nathan Seppa
    Mice that could not make or metabolize the sugar gained less than normal mice. Mice lacking the ability to metabolize fructose don’t gain nearly as much weight as normal mice do, researchers report September 10 in Nature Communications. Fructose, which some people blame for the obesity epidemic and its related health crises (SN: 6/1/13, p. 22), shows up in high-fructose corn syrup and in table sugar, or sucrose. The body also makes home-grown fructose by modifying glucose in a process involving an enzyme called aldose reductase.
  • Toxic Sugar: Fantastic Video on the Obesity Epidemic!

    08/26/2013 6:20:13 PM PDT · by Signalman · 39 replies ^ | 8/22/2013 | Diet Doctor
    Is sugar toxic and the cause of the obesity epidemic? Here’s a great new video called Toxic Sugar. It’s a recent segment from the major Australian science program Catalyst, on ABC. It’s arguably the best 18-minute introduction ever made on the true causes of the obesity epidemic. The program features the #1 enemy of the sugar industry: professor Robert Lustig. Also appearing: science writer Gary Taubes and obesity expert professor Michael Crowley. See it and then tell your friends. This needs to be seen by a lot of people
  • Maria Sharapova planning name change to promote sweets

    08/19/2013 9:28:55 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies ^ | August 19, 2013 | Evan Hilbert
    Tennis star Maria Sharapova has reportedly set in motion a plan to change her last name to Sugarpova for the duration of the U.S. Open. The Russian opened a candy company by that name and is said to have sunk half a million dollars into it. According to several reports, Sharapova has approached the Florida Supreme Court about the possibility of changing her name.
  • Scientists say sugar at levels considered safe is harmful [inaccurate heading]

    08/14/2013 10:08:34 AM PDT · by grundle · 27 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 13, 2013 | Mary MacVean
    When mice were fed a diet that was 25% added sugars – an amount consumed by many humans – the females died at twice the normal rate and the males were less likely to reproduce and hold territory, scientists said in a study published Tuesday. The study shows "that added sugar consumed at concentrations currently considered safe exerts dramatic impacts on mammalian health," the researchers said in the study, published in the journal Nature Communications. "Many researchers have already made calls for reevaluation of these safe levels of consumption." "Added sugars" are those added during processing or preparation, not those...
  • Is Sugar Really Toxic? Sifting through the Evidence

    07/29/2013 8:56:46 AM PDT · by SgtHooper · 70 replies
    Scientific American ^ | July 15, 2013 | Ferris Jabr
    The argument that sugar is a toxin depends on some technical details about the different ways the human body gets energy from different types of sugar. Today, Americans eat most of their sugar in two main forms: table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup. A molecule of table sugar, or sucrose, is a bond between one glucose molecule and one fructose molecule—two simple sugars with the same chemical formula, but slightly different atomic structures.
  • Americans cut back on Soda - Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group see continued sales...

    07/27/2013 1:38:23 PM PDT · by neverdem · 99 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | July 26, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    It seems that not even Beyonce or new, lower-calorie options can convince Americans to drink more soda. Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo Inc. and Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. all sold less soda in the second quarter in North America, dashing hopes for the moment that splashy new marketing and different sweetener mixes could get drinkers back. Coca-Cola Co. said it sold 4 percent less soda in North America, while PepsiCo Inc. simply said its decline for the region was in the "mid-single digits." Dr Pepper sold 3 percent less of the fizzy drinks...
  • Green Coke With Natural Sweetener Stevia Launched In Argentina

    07/23/2013 6:18:50 PM PDT · by drewh · 27 replies
    South Atlantic News Agency ^ | Tuesday, July 23rd 2013 - 07:16 UTC
    The drinks giant has launched Coca Cola Life, which is sweetened with sugar and the naturally occurring, no-calorie sweetener stevia. The new product features a striking green label and is packaged in the award-winning PlantBottle. This is made with 30% plant material and is fully recyclable. Coca Cola says the bottle “looks functions and recycles just like traditional PET plastic, but does so with a lighter footprint on the planet and its scarce resources”. The new drink has 108 calories in a 600 millilitre bottle - between classic Coke with 250 calories and the zero-calorie Diet Coke. “Coca-Cola Life is...
  • Sugar makes cancer light-up in MRI scanners

    07/08/2013 5:59:57 PM PDT · by neverdem · 44 replies
    Biology News Net ^ | July 7, 2013 | NA
    UCL scientists have developed a new technique for detecting the uptake of sugar in tumors, using magnetic resonance imaging. A new technique for detecting cancer by imaging the consumption of sugar with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been unveiled by UCL scientists. The breakthrough could provide a safer and simpler alternative to standard radioactive techniques and enable radiologists to image tumours in greater detail. The new technique, called 'glucose chemical exchange saturation transfer' (glucoCEST), is based on the fact that tumours consume much more glucose (a type of sugar) than normal, healthy tissues in order to sustain their growth. The...
  • Bloomberg’s next targets: Sweet tea, energy drinks, fruit juices

    06/06/2013 4:07:40 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 49 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 4, 2013 | Jessica Chasmar
    Michael Bloomberg and his battle against bulging waistlines are targeting new villains: sweet tea, energy drinks and fruit juices. New York City’s health department launched a series of TV and bus ads on Monday that warn people about the high sugar content in drinks that are seemingly healthy. The ads cost about $1.4 million and are part of a “pouring on the pounds” campaign that dates back to 2009, The Daily Mail reports. One of the television ads shows a young boy happily slurping on a juice box. The scene takes a dramatic turn when it flashes to what appears...
  • Eating mangoes may help lower blood sugar and cancer risk

    04/28/2013 10:11:50 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 53 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Wednesday, April 24, 2013 | ANI
    Washington, DC - These findings are the result of a single study and more research is needed on the effects of mango consumption on human health. Consumption of mangoes may potentially have a positive effect on blood sugar in obese individuals and help to limit inflammation, according to a new research. The study led by Edralin Lucas, Ph.D., associate professor of nutritional sciences at Oklahoma State University, examined the effects of daily mango consumption on clinical parameters and body composition in obese subjects (body mass index, BMI = 30kg/m2). Twenty adults (11 males and 9 females) participated in the study,...
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup: Some Scary Facts to Consider Before You Gulp Down Soda

    03/29/2013 7:49:44 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 72 replies ^ | Connie Bennett
    Did you know that consumption of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in the U.S. -- which can be found in a plethora of cookies, candies and fast-foods -- has increased by a a whopping 10,673 percent between 1970 and 2005? So reports the USDA Dietary Assessment of Major Trends in U.S. Food Consumption report. Are you one of millions, who, according to the USDA report, consume one-quarter of your calories from added sugars, most of which comes from high fructose corn syrup, as pointed out? Meanwhile, have you heard about the a recent study, which reveals that a diet...
  • Global Sugar Intake Behind The Rise In Type 2 Diabetes

    03/07/2013 2:18:50 PM PST · by neverdem · 25 replies
    redOrbit ^ | February 28, 2013 | Lawrence LeBlond
    More than 350 million people worldwide are believed to have diabetes, and for years health experts have debated on what the exact driver of the illness has been. While sugar intake has been viewed as a culprit in many eyes, scientists have long refuted that conjecture and attributed the global health crisis to too much overall food intake and obesity. But a new finding by three California universities – Stanford, UC-Berkeley and UCSF – suggests through compelling evidence that Type 2 diabetes is being largely driven by the rising consumption of sugary foods and drinks. This evidence comes in the...