Questions tagged [sugar]

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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How bitter is Robert Lustig's "Bitter Truth" about sugar?

A couple of months ago I watched the talk "Sugar: The Bitter Truth" by endocrinologist Dr. Robert Lustig on YouTube. The overall tone of the talk raised a couple of red flags; it sounded a little too ...
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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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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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Do high-fat diets causes heart disease?

This article in The Guardian alleges that the nutritional science establishment has spent the last 4 decades claiming that fatty diets cause heart disease when in fact sugar is largely to blame. The ...
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Is sugar in fruit juice less likely to cause weight gain than refined sugar?

Refined sugar is regularly described as the root of all evil, while sugar in fruit juice slips under the net. I just noticed my 330ml juice has 33g of sugar in it. There are currently ...
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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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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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Does sugar "feed" cancer?

I keep seeing this claim in alternative health circles that sugar feeds cancer and if you restrict carbohydrate from your diet, particularly refined sugar, you can prevent cancer or even "starve" ...
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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, whether the ...
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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 addictive ...
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Do people who swap sugary sodas for diet sodas lose weight?

A recent article in The Guardian, "No evidence sugar-free soft drinks aid weight loss – study", challenges the effectiveness of diet drinks and argues: Soft drinks made with artificial ...