How The Sugar Industry Continues To Subvert Public Health Policies

A recent analysis of nearly 320 internal sugar industry documents from 1959 to 1971 shows how the industry sought to influence the setting of U.S. research priorities during that time. Disturbingly, it's a strategy that continues to this very day. » 3/11/15 1:20pm 3/11/15 1:20pm

Sugary drinks are now the number one source of junk-food calories for kids, says a new report from Yale's Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity on the amount and kinds of sugary drinks being knocked back today. While soda consumption has fallen a bit, energy drinks just keep on picking up. » 11/20/14 12:30pm 11/20/14 12:30pm

How Do Artificial Sweeteners Trick Us Into Tasting Sugar?

We know they're not sugar, but artificial sweeteners still have a way of making us taste sugar (or at least something close to it). But just how do they do that? » 10/22/14 10:46am 10/22/14 10:46am

More evidence that sweetened foods and beverages are killing you

New research published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine shows that eating added sugar in foods such as soft drinks, cereals, and cakes does more than just make us pack on the pounds, it can also increase our risk of dying from heart disease — and by a significant margin. » 2/04/14 4:00pm 2/04/14 4:00pm

This Is Your Brain on Candy

It's that time of year again: The pumpkins are carved, the costumes are all laid out with care, and taking candy from strangers is not only allowed, it's encouraged. But, with all the focus on the tastebuds, just what happens in your brain when you're eating candy? » 10/30/13 9:25am 10/30/13 9:25am

What Makes Sugar and Salt So Delicious Together?

What makes a chocolate-covered pretzel such an insanely tasty concoction? The English language is curiously lacking in a word for something that's both sugary and salty, but fortunately science has some answers. » 10/01/13 12:09pm 10/01/13 12:09pm

Why honey is the only food that doesn't go bad

Honey is magic. Besides its delicious taste, it's pretty much the only food that does not spoil while in an edible state. But why, exactly, doesn't honey go bad? » 8/30/13 11:00am 8/30/13 11:00am

How Pesticides Pushed Cockroaches Into Rapid Evolution

In the 1980s, manufactures began making cockroach baits that combined sweet glucose with deadly insecticides. By 1993, many cockroach populations somehow developed an aversion to the bait. Now, 20 years later, scientists finally understand how the roaches beat these traps. » 5/23/13 1:00pm 5/23/13 1:00pm

Watch sulfuric acid and sugar make a rising column of death!

Sulfuric acid dehydrates sugar. That sounds pretty tame, until you see that "dehydration" means that a huge, black, sugary pillar crawls up out of the beaker and comes after you.
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The Artificial Sweetener Splenda Could Prevent Your Birth Control Pill…

Birth control is probably the last item in your pharmaceutical arsenal that you would want to fail. Which is why some recent research on artificial sweeteners could be major cause for concern. » 2/17/12 3:39pm 2/17/12 3:39pm

Scientists say sugar is as toxic as alcohol - and there should be a…

Sure, sugar's bad for you. But should we establish a drinking age for sugary sodas? According to UC San Francisco pediatric endocrinologist Robert Lustig, the answer is emphatically yes. He says that added sweeteners have health effects comparable to alcohol and tobacco, and should be regulated accordingly. In a… » 2/01/12 12:24pm 2/01/12 12:24pm

What mysterious genetic material ruled the world before DNA and RNA?

All living organisms use DNA as the carrier of genetic material and RNA as the messenger molecule directing the expression of genes and creation of proteins. This arrangement has lasted 3.5 billion years. But what came before these life-giving molecules? » 1/16/12 11:17am 1/16/12 11:17am

How sugar molecules secretly shaped human evolution

Three million years ago, a gene mutation switched off a sugar-making enzyme in early hominids. Our ancestors actually became unable to breed with those who still had the enzyme, possibly causing the emergence of our evolutionary grandparent, Homo erectus. » 10/10/11 3:00pm 10/10/11 3:00pm

Are all artificial sweeteners equal?

You're at the communal coffee pot at the office. You take a pink packet one day, a blue packet the next. You tried the towering cylinder of table sugar that's next to the bowl of packets, but you can never get enough in your Styrofoam cup to make your coffee sweet. And the calories, don't forget your fear of the… » 10/07/11 11:40am 10/07/11 11:40am

What's so bad about sugar?

We blame sugar for adding extra calories to almost anything we purchase in the grocery store, and call sugary snacks "junk food." But is sugar really junk? Let's take a look at some common myths about sugar, and find out why there are good reasons for you to keep natural sugars as a part of your diet. » 9/22/11 9:00am 9/22/11 9:00am