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Your Sugar May Have Touched Cows' Pelvic Bones

Who knew all sugar isn't vegan?

(Newser) - If you're looking to avoid any link between animal products and your food, you might want to take a hard look at the sugar you consume. Cane sugar undergoes a refining process that makes it white, and the process often involves the use of bone char, which typically comes... More »

Soda Could Cause Earlier Menstruation

Sugary drinks linked to first periods 2.7 months ahead: study

(Newser) - Scientists have previously observed that girls are having their first periods earlier than they once did, and a new study offers a possible reason: sugary beverages like soda. Researchers studied 5,583 US children between 1996 and 2001; they found that girls ages nine to 14 who downed an average... More »

Sugar Is Making Us Really Sick

UCSF researchers start 'science initiative' to show sugar's links to chronic diseases

(Newser) - Dr. Robert Lustig has studied childhood obesity for 16 years and cross-analyzed numerous studies to come to a not-so-sweet conclusion: Sugar should be thought of along the same lines as tobacco, cocaine, or alcohol, he told the Guardian in August. Now Lustig is a member of a 12-scientist team working... More »

Worker Buried Alive After Sugar Plant Pulls Safety Device

Anti-accident screen was 'slowing down production'

(Newser) - A worker at a Pennsylvania sugar plant died buried alive in sugar in an accident that could have been prevented by a safety device removed just 13 days earlier, a ProPublica investigation finds. Janio Salinas—a 50-year-old who, like every other employee in the CSC Sugar warehouse in Fairless Hills,... More »

Only 5% of Your Calories Should Be From Sugar: WHO

Drops recommendation from previous 10%

(Newser) - Just try sugar-coating this: The World Health Organization says your daily sugar intake should be just 5% of your total calories—half of what the agency previously recommended, according to new draft guidelines published yesterday. That includes sugars added to foods and those present in honey, syrups, and fruit juices,... More »

Study Reveals Just How Sick Sugar Can Make Us

Get 25% of calories from added sugar, see triple the risk of heart disease death

(Newser) - When it comes to sugar, Americans need to be a lot more careful, a study finds. Even two cans of soda a day can significantly boost the risk of death from heart disease. If a quarter of your daily caloric intake comes from added sugar—in processed foods, for instance—... More »

3 Extra Sodas Per Day Can Kill You

Study shows that a "safe" diet is not so safe

(Newser) - A steady diet of sodas could hinder your ability to reproduce or even shorten your life, if lab mice are any indication. Researchers at the University of Utah gave mice a diet of 25% sugar—equivalent to three extra sodas per day in people—and found the males less likely... More »

Sugar, Not Obesity, Is Our 'Smoking Gun'

Study conclusively finds that sugar is toxic, declares Mark Bittman

(Newser) - Sugar is "toxic," and is hands-down the biggest problem with the American diet, declares Mark Bittman in the New York Times . He cites a new study that finds increased sugar consumption is linked to increased diabetes rates, regardless of obesity rates. "In other words, according to this... More »

Quick, Name the Surgeon General ... Didn't Think So

Mark Bittman on why we need a strong one again

(Newser) - With Americans' terrible diets responsible for millions of premature deaths along with soaring health-care costs, the country needs a strong surgeon general more than ever to fight "the obfuscation and confusion sown by Big Food," writes Mark Bittman in the New York Times . But, sadly, the essential job... More »

Why We Overeat: Fructose?

Study found the sugar can trigger brain changes

(Newser) - Scientists have used imaging tests to show for the first time that fructose, a sugar that saturates the American diet, can trigger brain changes that may lead to overeating. After drinking a fructose beverage, the brain doesn't register the feeling of being full as it does when simple glucose... More »

Gargling Sugar Water May Help Self-Control

Study says it triggers the right parts of the brain

(Newser) - Trying to complete a task or goal but feel your self-control slipping away? Trying gargling a little lemonade, provided it's made with real sugar, a new study suggests. Researchers at the University of Georgia found that students who did so performed better on tests that measure self-control, like identifying... More »

Taco Bell's New Breakfast Drink: '17 Teaspoons of Sugar'

Restaurant blends Mountain Dew, orange juice

(Newser) - For your breakfast tomorrow morning, how does 17 teaspoons of sugar sound? That's what you'll get, according to the Dallas Observer , if you pick up Taco Bell's new morning drink: Mountain Dew mixed with orange juice. Taco Bell hasn't revealed the ratio of Dew to juice... More »

Candy Makers Fight Sugar-Protection Bill

Bitter battle over sweets pits agriculture against sweets manufacturers

(Newser) - It's sugar versus sugar on Capitol Hill, as growers are facing off against candy makers over the United States' longstanding import restrictions that keep sugar prices high, reports the Los Angeles Times . Both sides are spending millions of dollars lobbying over the latest farm bill now before Congress—the... More »

FDA: Corn Syrup Can't Be Renamed 'Corn Sugar'

If it's not dry, it's not sugar, feds tell corn refiners

(Newser) - The Food and Drug Administration has nixed corn-refining giants' attempt to give high-fructose corn syrup a sweet-sounding new name on nutrition labels. The agency told the Corn Refiners Association that its product—which has been linked to weight gain and intelligence loss —cannot be renamed "corn sugar" because... More »

High-Fructose Corn Syrup Can Also Make You Dumb

'Alters your brain's ability to learn and remember information,' says researcher

(Newser) - Too much high-fructose corn syrup could do more than just make you fat : It could also make you stupid. A new study on rats found that after just six weeks on a high-fructose diet, the rats’ brain synaptic activity had been so affected that they had trouble recalling a maze... More »

California Students Eating Less Junk Food

State laws making a difference, says study

(Newser) - Why do teens in California consume fewer calories a day than young people in other states? It's because they snack less when at school, a new study finds, and they snack less because state laws have curbed the sale of junk food and banned the sale of soda and... More »

60 Minutes Asks, 'Is Sugar Toxic?'

Sweetener's spate of bad publicity goes prime time

(Newser) - Crank up the sugar lobby. The sweetener will get the 60 Minutes treatment tomorrow night, with a spate of doctors arguing that it's essentially poison. One UC endocrinologist uses the word "toxic," and thinks the big debate between sugar and high-fructose corn syrup is a waste of... More »

Sugar Will Duke It Out With Corn Syrup in Court

Sugar producers cite false advertising

(Newser) - It's a battle of the sweeteners. The sugar industry is taking the makers of corn syrup to court in a much-anticipated case that starts tomorrow. Sugar producers say corn syrup makers are guilty of false advertising in their assertion that the two products are "nutritionally the same" and... More »

It's Time to Regulate Sugar

Fructose must be limited with taxes, age limits: UC profs

(Newser) - Tobacco, alcohol, and ... sugar? Yes, according to professors at UC San Francisco, sugar should be regulated like tobacco and alcohol in order to cut down on ailments like heart disease, high blood pressure, and fatty liver disease, the Los Angeles Times reports. “For both alcohol and tobacco, there is... More »

Half of America Downs One Sugary Drink Daily

And 1 in 20 of us drinks the equivalent of more than four cans of soda daily

(Newser) - Well, this could have something to do with why we’re fat : Half of Americans drink at least one soda or other sugary beverage per day, and one in 20 drinks the equivalent of four-plus cans. The alarming CDC report follows interviews conducted between 2005 and 2008 with more than... More »

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