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McDonald's Ditching Controversial Ingredients

Fewer preservatives, same calories

(Newser) - McDonald's, which is trying to shake its image for serving processed junk food, said Monday that it's eliminating some unpalatable ingredients from its most popular menu items. That includes making Chicken McNuggets and other items without artificial preservatives, and removing high-fructose corn syrup from its burger buns, the... More »

The Solution to Your Soda Habit: 12K Steps

Fights negative effects of fructose: study

(Newser) - Drinking a lot of soda packed with high-fructose corn syrup is, of course, not a healthy choice—but its ill effects aren't so hard to fight. A study's recommendation: Walk more, the New York Times reports. In a study out this month , a researcher had two groups of... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Forget Corn Syrup: Now It's 'Corn Sugar'

Makers hope name change will ease consumers' minds

(Newser) - The backlash against high-fructose corn syrup has finally led its makers to try out a new name: corn sugar. The Corn Refiners Association wants people to know that—according to its marketing campaign—"whether it's corn sugar or cane sugar, your body can't tell the difference. Sugar is sugar.... More »

Corn Syrup Makes You Fatter Than Sugar

Princeton researchers say rat study answers contentious question

(Newser) - It may not end the debate, but researchers say they have definitively proven that high-fructose corn syrup is many times more likely to contribute to obesity than sugar. The Princeton team gave one group of rats water spiked with sugar, and another water with corn syrup. Though the sugar water... More »

Brands Sour on Corn Syrup, Switch to Sugar

Selling the switch is a challenge for marketers

(Newser) - Major brands like Hunt's ketchup, Gatorade, and Wheat Thins are ditching high-fructose corn syrup, the popular but much-maligned sweetener, and turning instead to good old-fashioned sugar. "We know moms don't like (corn syrup), and they don't want to feed it to their kids," a supermarket expert tells Advertising ... More »

Soda Tax Deserves to Fizzle

It won't help fat people, or poor people, but will line gov't coffers

(Newser) - Taxing soda is at best a stupid idea and at worst a cynical ploy by a money-grubbing government, writes Katherine Mangu-Ward for Reason. Here's why:
  • Sin taxes don't work: "None of the nickel-and-dime proposals on the table is large enough to discourage soda drinking," Mangu-Ward writes. "And
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