U.S. food supply has way too much processed stuff

Researchers looked at 230,156 food products sold in the US. More than 70% were ultra-processed.

Kristin Samuelson-Northwestern | July 25, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine calories dietary-fat food nutrition salt sugar

Calorie cuts can boost already healthy hearts

No matter your weight, cutting around 300 calories a day can boost already healthy levels of blood pressure, blood sugar, and more.

Samiha Khanna-Duke | July 12, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine blood-pressure blood-sugar body-weight calories cholesterol food hearts

‘Atlas’ of the body’s sugars could shed light on disease

An "atlas" of the sugars that cover human cells stands to benefit investigations into viral and bacterial infections.

Mathias Traczyk-Copenhagen | July 3, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine bacteria cells sugar

Clues from stevia promise sweetness without aftertaste

Knowing the molecular machinery that makes the stevia plant 200 times sweeter than sugar could lead to artifical sweetners without an aftertaste.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL | June 17, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology calories plants sugar taste

Nationwide soda tax would mean $7B in net benefits

Economists considered health, enjoyment, tax revenue, and other factors in their consideration of a nationwide soda tax.

James Devitt-NYU | May 20, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine consumers economics soft-drinks sugar taxes

Does sugar dampen sweet tooth to cause overeating?

When fruit flies ate a high-sugar diet, it dulled their taste for sweets, which then led to overeating. Does the same process occur in people?

Laura Bailey-Michigan | May 15, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine food obesity sugar taste

Why do we like bitter drinks? Not taste, genes suggest

"People like the way coffee and alcohol make them feel. That's why they drink it. It's not the taste."

Marla Paul-Northwestern | May 13, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine beer coffee food genes sugar taste

Kids who don’t drink water drink lots more sugary stuff

Kids should drink water throughout the day, say researchers. When they don't, more sugary drinks sneak into their diets.

Katie Bohn-Penn State | April 23, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine childrens-health food soft-drinks sugar water

Nap time for teens might benefit their brains

Nine hours of sleep a night would be great for a teen, but how about 5 hours plus an afternoon nap? New research finds pros and cons of split sleep.

National University of Singapore | Feb. 19, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine blood-sugar brains sleep teenagers

Sugar hampers gut bacteria linked to leanness

A new study with mice shows that a sugary diet can stifle a gut bacteria species associated with the ability to process healthy foods such as vegetables.

Bill Hathaway-Yale | Dec. 27, 2018 | futurity
~2 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine digestive-system food gut-bacteria microbiomes sugar

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