Health experts consistently say that the diets of most Americans contain too much added sugar—the type you sprinkle on cereal, stir into coffee or tea, and consume in all manner of beverages, sweets, and desserts. Added sugar provides calories but no valuable nutrients, and it can contribute to weight gain
Research over the past few years has provided a much clearer understanding about how sugar should be treated as part of a diabetic or sugar-free diet. Type 1 diabetes is a disease in which the immune system attacks the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. Insulin is the hormone that allows
Although obesity research has revealed that numerous factors, including genetics and hormone levels, affect weight, cutting the number of calories consumed is still the most recommended method for losing weight. Depending on the beverages you usually drink, you can cut up to 25 percent or more of your daily calories
Poll: Consumers Want Restaurant Calorie Info
Most Americans support new rules requiring calorie counts on chain-restaurant menus and prepared foods in supermarkets, according to an Associated Press-Gfk poll. The long-awaited rules announced by the US Food and Drug Administration have generated opposition from some in the food industry. (See NewsBites, February.)
Philadelphia First Big City to Tax Beverages
Come January, Philadelphia will be the first major US city to tax sodas and other sweetened beverages. The city council rebuffed a multi-million-dollar lobbying effort by the beverage industry in passing the tax, which will add about 50 cents a liter to the cost
While artificial sweeteners, such as maltitol, may come with some advantages, they are not completely safe to eat. Maltitol side effects include a variety of digestive problems including diarrhea, gas, and abdominal discomfort.
America’s interest in healthy eating is soaring, driving 64 percent of our daily food choices, according to the 2013 Food & Health Survey commissioned by the International Food Information Council (IFIC). And it’s easy to see the proof as you walk through the supermarket aisle—the demand for healthy food is
The debate surrounding the weight loss benefits of drinking diet soda—more specifically its artificial sweetener content—is a hot one. Some experts argue drinking diet soda instead of its sugar-sweetened counterpart can cut calories and support weight loss. Yet, emerging research indicates that diet soda is not conducive to weight control.
When it comes to hypertension, your food can be your medicine. While generally increasing plant foods (especially fruits and vegetables) is a must for anyone suffering from high blood pressure, research shows that certain plant foods are especially good at treating hypertension.
With that in mind, try these seven examples of