Sugar, In; HFCS, Out

Despite their best efforts, the Corn Refiners Association seems to be failing in its attempt to turn public opinion in favor of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). (BTW, here’s a nice, quick counterpoint to the CRA’s spin-a-rific ads.) Now some “food manufacturers” are taking advantage of the HFCS-backlash, returning to sugar for its retro comfort …

Minty Fresh Journalism: Candy Canes Are Good for You?

Still looking at leftover candy canes? Thinking about pitching them? Well, those folks at CBN might suggest otherwise. According to a recent headline, candy canes are potential health food.     The peppermint oil found in most candy canes can ease the symptoms of Irritable Bowl Syndrome, Discovery Channel News reports. IBS is a painful …

Chocolate That’s OK for Your Teeth

jcolman/Flickr Eat a lot of sugar, increase your risk of cavities. We all know this. But why is it so? As we wrote earlier, Refined carbohydrates like sugar have a much greater tendency to stick to the tooth enamel than fats and proteins. Oral microbes love this and set about feasting on the sugars. They …

And the Prize for Scariest Sweet Goes to…

Antony Pranata/Flickr Halloween’s coming up, and according to the California Dental Hygienists’ Association (CDHA), there’s one kind of treat that’s scarier than others: sour candy. This is due to the fact that “most of it contains acid levels so high that it approaches the pH level of battery acid.” “This Halloween, we are advising adults …

Eat Sugar – Support Your Local Dentist

An irresponsible headline and lead, courtesy of the LA Times: It’s candy season so let the kids indulge It’s that time of year. The haul of Halloween candy kicks it off, and close on its heels are Thanksgiving pies and Christmas cookies. Here’s some surprising advice from a pediatric dentist: Let them stuff their little …

Quick Links: Additives & Other Chemicals, Sugars, Sun & Vitamin D, Persuading Yourself into Exercise

Additives, Allergies and ADHD: Is There a Connection? (ABC News) We’re in Chemical Overload (Montreal Gazette) Not All Sugars Have an Equal Effect on Obesity (foodconsumer.org) Time in the Sun: How Much Is Needed for Vitamin D? (US News & World Report) “Directed Thinking” Increases Time Spent Exercising (PhysOrg)

Quick Links: Plasma Needles, Drugs, Nitrates, Junk Foods

Cold Plasma Needles for Dentists Edge Closer (New Scientist) Drugmakers Need to Rein in Ads, Hearing Told (Reuters) Psychiatry Handbook Linked to Drug Industry (NY Times) Nitrates in Vegetables Protect Against Gastric Ulcers, Study Shows (Science Daily) Top 10 Junk Foods in Disguise (Mark’s Daily Apple) How Much Sugar Do You Consume? (Diet Blog)