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Is Sugar Worse than Fat?

In the battle of the bulge, fat has historically been perceived as the enemy. As we learn that not all types of fats are created equal, the culprit now more often mentioned is added sugar.Over consumption of sugar in our diets may in fact be more dangerous than fats.

Sugar is what we should really be looking at when we turn around the products at our local grocery store. But most people still don’t look for that. They’re still looking for “low-fat” options and “zero calorie” soft drinks, thinking they’re doing the right thing for their health.

The problem with many “low-fat” foods is that when manufacturers take the fat out of something, they simply replace it with more sugar, or sugar-like substances (e.g., artificial sweeteners).  If “low-fat” was really the answer, then we wouldn’t be in the situation we’re in with 67% of American adults classified as overweight or obese. Read more...

Nutrition Labels to Get Makeover

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced plans to update nutrition labels to better reflect the latest nutrition science. The changes include making more realistic serving sizes, and including "added sugar" amounts on the label.

The government's proposed changes to nutrition labels appear to be a positive − and long overdue − move in the right direction. In fact, the changes being proposed might even spur food and beverage companies to introduce healthier options.

We're a big fan of changing serving sizes on products that can be consumed in one sitting, so that the whole product is considered a single serving. For example, under the proposal, both 12- and 20-ounce bottles of soda would be considered one serving, because people usually drink the whole bottle in either case (per the FDA).

But alone, are these changes enough to combat the rising obesity levels in this country, especially among kids and teens? To be sure, having a clear nutrition label is important, but label changes single-handedly will unlikely curb our nations obesity epidemic. Other changes are needed, especially better access to healthy foods and beverages, as well as a reduction in marketing unhealthy foods.

All in all, we believe the proposed changes are good news for consumers, especially considering that studies have shown that people who read labels eat healthier.

Are Energy Drinks Dangerous?

It goes without saying that there’s been a lot of negative publicity as of late surrounding mainstream energy drinks. Just last week the U.S. FDA announced it is investigating five deaths and one non-fatal heart attack linked to Monster Energy Drink. While such occurrences are extremely rare – and without a doubt unfortunate – it’s premature to tell if high doses of caffeine were the culprit, or whether there were other contributing factors. Read more...

Does Sugar Make Us Dumb?

As if life wasn’t already unfair. It now appears that we may be jeopardizing brain cells each time we reach for our favorite sugary indulgence. A recent study found that eating lots of sugar, even for just six weeks, makes us dumb (or is it dumber?). Read more...

If you’re like us, caffeine is part of your daily routine. In fact, it’s been reported that 90% of adults in America consume caffeine each and every day. But do you know how much caffeine’s in your beverage of choice? Read more...

Energy drinks containing caffeine may boost heart function in healthy people. Researchers in Italy discovered that the function in the left and right ventricles, which pump blood to the body, increased one hour after consuming an energy drink. Read more...

Researchers in Wales discovered that sugary drinks alter the body’s metabolism in as little as four weeks. It appears that sugary drinks re-train isolated muscle cells, switching them to an inefficient metabolism. And this isn’t the first time sugar-sweetened beverages have been linked to muscle problems. Other studies reveal that excessive soft drink consumption leads to muscle weakness. Read more...

It goes without saying that it’s virtually impossible to avoid sugar in our foods and beverages. Though many of us read labels to unearth the sugar levels of our favorite brands, it’s shocking to learn how much sugar we’re consuming — especially when the sugar content is displayed in sugar cubes, as shown in the photos of this article: http://www.sugarstacks.com/beverages.htm. Read more...

In a new study, researchers monitored the memory and thinking processes of 124 people between the ages 65 to 88. Their findings showed that individuals with higher blood caffeine levels avoided the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Their caffeine source was primarily coffee. Read more...