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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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Sugar Sources You May Not Know Of

We know of two truths: one that sugar is addictive, and two that sugar is everywhere. And while it’s hard enough to resist the siren call of foods we know contain a lot of sugar, we are faced with the reality that we may be consuming too much sugar without us knowing it. That is why it is important to arm ourselves with enough food knowledge that we may not be victimized by hidden sugar. Below are some foods that you should be wary of. Barbecue sauce. Barbecue sauce may be delicious, but every two tablespoons of this contain 13 grams of sugar. Fruit yogurt. Don’t be fooled! Fruit yogurt contains 19 grams of sugar. Ketchup-based salad dressings. Two tablespoons...

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New Dietary Guidelines Remind Us That Sugar Is Bad

The new Dietary Guidelines have several changes. One is about the dietary cholesterol limit. Instead of setting a strict limit, the new guidelines state: “Individuals should eat as little dietary cholesterol as possible […. Since] foods that are higher in dietary cholesterol, such as fatty meats and high-fat dairy products, are also higher in saturated fats.” Another change (and one that we couldn’t agree more on) is on sugar. The latest Dietary Guidelines tell us one thing: eat less sugar… Yes, lesser than what we are regularly consuming. In fact, the new guidelines recommend we limit our sugar intake to less then 10% of our daily calories, that’s about 12 teaspoons on a 2000-calorie diet. Take note that this is...

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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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