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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.

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Sour on the Sugar Bailout

Is Sugar the Next Tobacco?

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

Robert Lustig

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.

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Quick Studies

Banning Chocolate Milk Was a Bad Choice

The costs of banning America's favorite kids drink from schools may outweigh the benefits, a new study suggests.

In Battle Against Climate Change, Cities Are Left All Alone

Cities must play a critical role in shifting the world to a fossil fuel-free future. So why won't anybody help them?

When a Romance Is Threatened, People Rebound With God

And when they feel God might reject them, they buddy up to their partner.

How Can We Protect Open Ocean That Does Not Yet Exist?

As global warming melts ice and ushers in a wave of commercial activity in the Arctic, scientists are thinking about how to protect environments of the future.

What Kind of Beat Makes You Want to Groove?

The science behind the rhythms that get you on the dance floor.

The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014