A range of chemical substances containing carbon, hydrogen and oxygen which induce sweet taste and are important in living organisms storage and transport of energy.

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Is sugar one element away from cocaine or any other drug?

I've heard multiple times through out my college and early work career that they believed sugar was one element away from being cocaine (or some other drug). However, none of these people had a ...
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Can eating sugar result in addiction?

I am surprised to see this video on TED claiming that sugar can lead to addiction (differently from other kinds of food, for example broccoli). So, yes, over-consumption of sugar can have ...
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Does eating sugar feed yeast in the gut?

My understanding is that yeast (esp. candida) lives in digestive systems of most people. I was recently introduced to the concept of "candida overgrowth". My pseudoscience detector quickly alerted me ...
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Do sugary drinks make you fat?

The question of whether sugary drinks contribute to obesity is controversial, not least because the large manufacturers of the drinks would most likely suffer if the contribution to obesity were ...
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Does fructose release a high number of oxygen radicals and damage cells?

I stumbled upon the following claim in the article "Fructose: the poison index" in the Guardian, written by Dr Robert Lustig. Fructose causes seven times as much cell damage as does glucose, ...
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Can you “reset” your taste buds?

Is there any scientific evidence behind the assertion I see on diet websites and in books that restricting a food for a set period of time will allow your tastebuds to be more sensitive to it. For ...
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Is more than 25g or 38g of sugar per day harmful?

In this Daily Mail article, it says: A spoonful of sugar may have helped the medicine go down for Mary Poppins but research claims that it is actually a toxin. Sugar in all its disguises, ...
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Does “Sugar feed infection”

Whenever I'm sick I hear people say "Don't eat sugar. Sugar feeds infection". It seems a well-known concepts: "Sugar feeds infection", "feeds infection and causes inflammation" and "contributes to a ...
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Is diet soda less healthy than regular soda?

The top 10 worst foods listed at planetgreen.com elects diet soda as the number one worst food/beverage, even worse than regular soda. However, I find it a little hard to believe, since the number of ...
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Can eating too much sugar cause diabetes?

I have frequently heard (even from diabetics) that diets high in sugar can cause (or at least contribute to) diabetes. Others have said it's a common misunderstanding, and there's no demonstrated ...
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Does (diet) soda cause tooth decay?

I've often heard and read that soda causes tooth decay; most often the reason involves the sugars present in the soda being converted into acids which wear out the enamel. I'm curious if there is ...
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Long term effects of sucralose

I can't find any information about long-term negative effects of Sucralose consumption other than a very high toxicity level claimed by several studies. There is lots of speculation online about how ...
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Are McDonald's fries coated in sugar before cooking?

I've heard that McDonalds and other fast food chains coat their fries in sugar water before frying to aid in color development, but the official McDonalds nutrition information (see page 2) indicates ...
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Is brown sugar healthier than white sugar?

I've heard that before. The reasoning is, "White sugar is more 'processed' than brown sugar, so it's not as healthy." Is this true?
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Is HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) bad for you?

I can link to thousands of sources from all types of studies, but i dont know which one to believe. http://www.sweetsurprise.com/ looks like a lobbyist site, but they link to third party studies, but ...
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Has selective breeding increased the sugar level of fruits?

It has been claimed that selective breeding has resulted in fruit that is high in sugar and just as bad as eating candy. Examples: They have selectively bred fruit trees to much higher ...
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Is sugar toxic? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How bitter is Robert Lustig's “Bitter Truth” about sugar? From the NY Times Article: Is sugar toxic? Robert Lusteg, a specialist on pediatric hormone ...
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Does the “sugar high” exist at all?

I've heard numerous times that eating1 a high quantity of sugar will give you a "sugar high" or "sugar buzz" The high one gets after consuming large amounts of sugar. Also called a "sugar rush." ...