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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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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." ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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 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 don't 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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Does "Sugar feed infection"

Whenever I'm sick I hear people say "Don't eat sugar. Sugar feeds infection". It seems like a well-known concepts: "Sugar feeds infection", "feeds infection and causes inflammation" and "contributes ...
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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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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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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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Does a tax on drinks with high sugar content reduce sugar consumption?

The UK government is introducing a sugar tax on soft drinks with more than 5g per 100ml of sugar. Coca-Cola claims that this "flies in the face of evidence from around the world" A longer ...
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What are the effects of a Big Mac on our bodies?

Another "effects of..." infographic is making the rounds of Facebook today about the effects of eating a Big Mac. At a cursory glance it seems to mix preposterous claims ("it takes days for you to ...
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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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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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Is "artifical" fructose any different from "natural" fructose? [closed]

A friend of mine (who previously studied Chemistry and then had a couple of Nutrition courses) claims that all the sugar that does not occur naturally in our food (eg: sugar in chocolate vs sugar in ...
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Does excess sugar affect your immune system/inhibit vitamin C absorption?

There are lots of websites out there with domain names containing words like "healing" and "natural remedy" that suggest that your immune system can be affected by excess sugar. ...
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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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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 wisdom tooth impaction causally linked to soft, processed foods?

In a book by an anthropologist at Ohio State, it is claimed that (1) third molar impactions dectupled after the Industrial Revolution, and (2) this was due to a new abundance of soft, processed food. ...
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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 ...
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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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Does Allulose consumption interfere with ketosis on a ketogenic diet?

Allulose is a monosaccharide otherwise known as Psicose. I've been seeing a few claims [1][2][3] online that describe Allulose in extremely glowing terms, as well as pointing out that it has just ...
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Is Aspartame being added to regular Coke?

Recently, I have been drinking regular Coke and have been really turned off by the taste, since it seemed to have aspartame in it. At first I thought I was crazy because it is regular Coke, not sugar ...
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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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Is "Zuccarin"/"White Mullberry" effective for weight loss?

An ad for a supplement called "Zuccarin" in our local paper included a variety of claims: "The slimming effect of stable blood sugar levels: "A recent italian study of Zuccarin showned the ...
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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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When eating carbs, do sugary drinks reduce calorie consumption compared to diet drinks?

This recent report on Yahoo! Style claims that diet drinks may reduce the digestive system’s response to calorie intake leading to higher levels of snacking and higher calorie intake when diet drinks ...
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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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Can rebaudioside M (Reb M) be made through fermenting natural sugarcane?

According to Forbes, the new Amryis's Purecane product is produced is by fermenting sugarcane, But the Amyris scientists developed a unique method of making Reb-M using fermentation, the basic ...
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