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How the Sugar Industry Gums Up Science

Big Sugar is lying to win a battle for your bulge.

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The Brain Knows When There Are Carbs in Your Mouth

Our mouths have a secret sense—one that can detect sugar, even if there’s no flavor.

 

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Distracted Dining Increases Desire for Sugary, Salty Foods

New research finds that foods that would otherwise seem sufficiently sugary or salty come across as bland if we’re eating while mentally distracted.

 

Sour on the Sugar Bailout

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Robert Lustig

Is Sugar the Next Tobacco?

It will be if Robert Lustig has anything to say about it.

 

Self-Control Slipping Away? Rinse. Spit. Repeat.

Australian researchers find rinsing one’s mouth with a glucose solution helps restore depleted self-control.

 

High Fructose Cram Session

Processed sugar isn’t just a recipe for obesity—it may also hurt your ability to learn.

 

Sweetener Death Match: Sugar vs. Syrup

The corn industry goes toe-to-toe with the sugar industry, for the use of the word “sugar.”

 

Don’t Expect Soda Tax to Curb Obesity

A new study finds only the middle class — not the rich or the poor — are likely to change their behavior with a soda tax.

 

Of Obesity, Sweets and Numb Tongues

Corpulence leads to an increased craving for sweets, and it may be because our taste receptors need an extra jolt.

 

Sugar Addiction is Real

A Princeton University presents evidence that sugar can be physically addictive.

 

Health Food to the ‘Hood

Can government incentives bring something besides fast food to South L.A.?

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How Old Brains Learn New Tricks

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The Big One

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