Sugar: Sweet. Delicious. Comforting. Everywhere.

Sugar consumption has skyrocketed over the last century. US per capita consumption now stands at 180 pounds a year, fueling all manner of chronic illness in adults and children alike. Sugar is big business. And like all big businesses, the industry will resort to just about anything to keep the money flowing. Remember how the …

Just Because It Looks Healthy…

Here’s a classroom activity we ran across recently for teaching kids the difference between tooth-friendly and not-so-tooth-friendly foods. See a problem anywhere? It’s not so much exaggeration to say that Wheat Thins aren’t a whole lot better than those cookies on the left – even before you look at the ingredients. Refined grain products like …

Speaking of Sugar…

A couple years ago, Dr. Robert Lustig startled many with “The Toxic Truth About Sugar,” arguing in the prestigious science journal Nature that it should be regulated like alcohol. A year later, an Australian research team made a case for warning labels on sugary soft drinks due to the particular damage they do to teeth. …

Stat!: Sugar Shifting the Paradigm

Recommended maximum daily intake of added sugars, as a percentage of total calories: 10 Percent of US adults who exceed this: 71.4 And now mainstream medicine is finally catching up with John Yudkin (among others)… We are in the midst of a paradigm shift in research on the health effects of sugar, one fueled by …

Coming Soon: Warning Labels on Soft Drinks?

If Big Food thinks the kind of regulation Robert Lustig proposed for sugar is a bit much, perhaps they’d like warning labels on soft drinks instead. A new study published in the American Journal of Public Health suggests sugar-sweetened beverages, particularly soft drinks, energy drinks and sports drinks, should be required to have tooth decay …

Sugar & the Modern Food Environment (Guest Post)

From the office of William P. Glaros, DDS: Sugar has one thing going for it: It makes things taste good. And it’s a taste we’re born to prefer. In the natural settings that human primate ancestors evolved in, sweetness intensity should indicate energy density, while bitterness tends to indicate toxicity. The high sweetness detection threshold …

Where the Energy Comes From

Sometimes, an energy drink seems the perfect remedy for a draggy day. Heck, with all the caffeine and sugar, how could it not jolt your brain? And just how much is all that? A new Consumer Reports investigation takes a look. And some of its findings might jolt your brain, as well. Of the 27 …

Sugar-Sweetened “Logic”

Let’s play a little game of Follow the Logic: Sugar in food and drink is a drag on dental health. There’s no evidence that the sugar in medicine causes cavities. People eat a lot of sugar. There’s no point in making sugar-free medicine. That is indeed the “argument” – such as it is – of …

Update: Corn Refiners Association Rename Fail

“High fructose corn syrup” (HFCS) it was, is and shall remain. The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday rejected the Corn Refiners Association’s bid to rename its sweetening agent “corn sugar.” Given the sweetener’s bad reputation in recent years, the association submitted an application to the agency in 2010 to have the product renamed on …