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Sugar Found in Processed Food “Could Trigger” Dementia

A new study is giving us another reason to kick processed foods to the curb. According to a recently conducted research, a sugar common in processed food could alter hundreds of brain genes, which could lead to a wide range of diseases including dementia. This specific sugar is fructose. The study has found that fructose, a sugar common in the Western diet, could actually damage genes in the brain. People usually consume fructose from foods sweetened by high-fructose corn syrup and from sweetened drinks, syrups, honey, and desserts. Fructose can also be found in baby food and in fruits. However, the fiber in fruits actually slows down the body’s absorption of the sugar; plus, fruits contain other healthy components that...

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Starbucks Is Serving You More Sugar than You’d Expect

For most of us, a trip to Starbucks has become a part of our daily routine. Nothing helps us face that looong day at work like a good cup of our favorite coffee. But is our favorite drink actually putting us at more risk for diabetes? A British nutrition advocacy group, Action on Sugar, recently released a report ranking some of Starbucks’ popular drinks in terms of the amount of sugar they contain. And what they discovered is alarming. According to their research, many of Starbucks’ drinks contain more sugar than a can of Coke (33 grams). The amount of sugar in these drinks also go beyond the American Heart Association’s recommended daily sugar intake—9 teaspoons (45 grams) for men...

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Linking Sugary Drinks and Obesity

Obesity is very rampant in the United States. Two in three adults and one in three children are overweight or obese. And one contributor that can be blamed for this epidemic is the rising consumption of sugary drinks. A 20-ounce soda contains 15 to 18 teaspoons of sugar and more than 240 calories. What’s worse, those who consume these drinks do not feel as full as when they consume the same amount of calories in real food. And although the beverage industry in the US spends billions of dollars in marketing carbonated beverages (most aimed to those aged 12-17 years old), they continuously deny playing a role in the increasing rates of obesity in the country. What’s sadder though is...

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