Posts tagged sugar

How Fatty Foods May Affect Our Love Life
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How Fatty Foods May Affect Our Love Life

The food industry, like the tobacco companies and other drug lords, has been able to come up with products that tap into the same dopamine reward system that keeps people smoking cigarettes, using marijuana, and eating candy bars (See Are Sugary Foods Addictive?). New research, highlighted in my...

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Can One Become a Sugar Addict?
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Can One Become a Sugar Addict?

People have chewed coca leaves for at least 8,000 years as a mild stimulant without any evidence of addiction, but when certain components are isolated and concentrated into cocaine, we’ve got a problem. The same may be true of sugar—people don’t tend to binge on bananas. The isolation of...

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How to Design a Misleading Study
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How to Design a Misleading Study

Imagine working for the now defunct Twinkie division of Hostess and wanting to take the tobacco industry tact of not just downplaying the risk of your product, but actually promoting it as healthy. How would we do that? Our first problem is that each Twinkie has 2.5 grams of saturated fat, which...

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Quadrupling Breast Cancer Survival
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Quadrupling Breast Cancer Survival

Half a million Americans are expected to die this year from cancer, equal to five jumbo jets crashing every day. The number of Americans who die from cancer each year is more than all those who have died in all U.S. wars combined. And this happens every single year. After a cancer diagnosis people...

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Want to be Healthier? Change Your Taste Buds
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Want to be Healthier? Change Your Taste Buds

How can we overcome our built-in hunger drives for salt, sugar, and fat? We now have evidence showing that if we go a few weeks cutting down on junk food and animal products, our tastes start to change. We may actually be able to taste fat—just like we taste sweet, sour, and salty—and people on...

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Citrus to Reduce Muscle Fatigue
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Citrus to Reduce Muscle Fatigue

The lactic acid that makes yogurt tangy is the same lactic acid that builds up in our muscles when we exercise strenuously. Instead of bacteria fermenting the sugar in milk to make energy for themselves, our muscles ferment sugar in our diet to produce energy to contract. If, like when we’re...

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Why We Should Eat More Beans
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Why We Should Eat More Beans

We’ve known for decades that beans have an exceptionally low glycemic index. You give someone cooked beans, peas, or lentils and they don’t even get half the blood sugar spike that they would get with the same amount of carbs in the form of bread, pasta, or potatoes. So if you’re going to eat...

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My Testimony Before the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Committee
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My Testimony Before the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Committee

This week I had the honor of speaking before the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which is responsible for making evidence-based recommendations on the next round of federal nutrition advice. Normally such meetings devolve into a platform for moneyed interests to lobby on behalf of their...

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Schoolchildren Should Drink More Water
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Schoolchildren Should Drink More Water

Most children arrive at school in a state of mild dehydration that may negatively affect scholastic performance. Preventing cellular dehydration is integral to hormonal, immune, neurological, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, muscle and skeletal function. So researchers recently set out to...

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Treating Breast Pain With Diet
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Treating Breast Pain With Diet

As I explore in my video Plant-Based Diets For Breast Pain, eating healthy appears to offer relief from a variety of menstrual symptoms, including cramping, bloating, and breast pain. Breast pain accompanying one’s period, called cyclical mastalgia, was dismissed in the 70s as ”merely an...

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