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Sugar increases hypertension

7/5/2014 - All 12 studies in a May, 2014, meta-analysis found that sugar elevates blood pressure. The study called "Impact of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages on Blood Pressure" was published in the American Journal of Cardiology. Soft drinks easily earn the name "liquid candy," because they contain an average of...

Yacon syrup could help with cholesterol, blood sugar, digestive health and more

7/5/2014 - North Americans are catching on to the benefits of yacon syrup, a traditional South American food that may help prevent or even treat a myriad of digestive and metabolic health conditions. Yacon syrup is derived from the tuberous roots of the yacon plant (Smallanthus sonchifolius), a sunflower relative...

Sucralose vs. aspartame: which of these top two artificial sweeteners is the better choice?

7/2/2014 - Junk food manufacturers are constantly developing new tactics to capture the public's dollar. The low-fat, sugar-free craze, for instance, has generated a profusion of "diet" junk foods laced with artificial sweetener chemicals like sucralose (Splenda) and aspartame (Equal, NutraSweet), both of which...

Chobani and Fage yogurts at center of lawsuits involving sugar claims and 'Greekness'

6/28/2014 - Two yogurt producers typically heralded in the health world as having healthy foods, Chobani and Fage, are facing a lawsuit by individuals claiming that customers are being misled by the products. (1) In two separate class action suits, Barry Stoltz of Westchester, New York, and Allan Chang of Queens,...

Eat fat, lose weight

6/24/2014 - The conventional wisdom recommending individuals decrease calories, increase exercise and then wait for the pounds to fall off is incorrect. A calorie is not a calorie. When one eats sugar or carbohydrates that quickly convert to sugar, fat is produced in the body. In contrast, if one eats healthy fats,...

Sugar substitutes for diabetics: Five sugars that are OK to eat

6/22/2014 - Over the past 25 years, the prevalence of diabetes has risen substantially in the U.S. (1) Today, nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes, including 7 million people who have not been diagnosed. Almost 2 million men and women are diagnosed with diabetes each year -- that's more than 5,200 each day....

Is yogurt the new junk food? Some yogurts have more sugar than a Twinkie

6/9/2014 - If you are a fan of the 1990s hit comedy series Seinfeld, perhaps you remember the episode in which Jerry and his friends began to suspect that the frozen yogurt sold in a store that Kramer has invested money in was responsible for the comedian's and Elaine's sudden weight gain. Jerry and Elaine have...

Diabetic diet secrets revealed: 7 foods that help halt diabetes and initiate self-healing

6/6/2014 - Diabetes mellitus, according to the Mayo Clinic's disease definition page (1) is a group of diseases that all affect how your body processes the sugars that come from you diet. Commonly referred to as glucose, the sugar in your blood literally feeds all of your cells. Blood sugar is your body's energy...

Six quick and easy ways to immediately improve your immunity

6/1/2014 - Your immune system works hard every day to keep you healthy. Here are six simple ways to give your immunity an immediate and effective boost. Nature walks Winding down and relaxing after a long, hard and stressful day does one's physical and mental health a world of good. Taking a walk is one...

More bad news for sugar - Research confirms it is a leading cause of heart disease

6/1/2014 - Just in case you needed yet another reason to stay away from added dietary sugar sources, nutritional scientists now confirm that our obsession with consuming sweets is killing us by dramatically increasing risk of death from cardiovascular disease and heart attack. A host of known risk factors including...

Warning: Sugar destroys your health in more ways than you realize

5/31/2014 - This generation binges on and is addicted to refined sugars. Fructose, glucose, dextrose, sucrose (table/white sugar) and high-fructose corn syrup are some very common food components today. Unfortunately, not many people are aware of just how harmful to health the various types of sugar can be, particularly...

Some healthy-sounding yogurts are loaded with as much sugar content as a Twinkie

5/29/2014 - The word Twinkie is clearly synonymous with unhealthy. As such, health-minded people consider yogurt to be a significantly better choice than the aforementioned processed snack. However, many experts have put this notion to rest, demonstrating that certain yogurts actually have more sugar than a Twinkie...

Type 2 diabetes diet: What to eat, what to avoid and how to get healthier with every meal

5/27/2014 2:43:44 AM - There are two types of diabetes. Type 1 usually appears in childhood, and its symptoms can be quite abrupt and severe. Type 2 diabetes is more common, and its symtoms present more gradually. It can develop at any age and is considered preventable. Early symptoms of the disease can include fatigue, unexplained...

'Fed Up' documentary unveils sugar as main culprit in obesity

5/27/2014 - For years, we've been told that dietary fat is bad for our health. Food marketers have made millions selling the fat-free myth, which clearly hasn't worked since more than one-third of America is now obese. In the new documentary film Fed Up, television journalist Katie Couric unveils sugar -- not fat...

What color is your cancer sweetener packet: pink, yellow or blue?

5/23/2014 - There are usually four choices of drink sweeteners at every convenient store, restaurant and coffee shop, and you're lucky if they are carrying a package that's brown and comes from Hawaii. Otherwise, if you're ripping the top off some "no calorie sweetener" whose name starts with an "S," an "N" or...

Maple sugar important for strong immune system, provides host of health benefits

5/15/2014 - It's no secret that added or unhealthy sugars can wreak havoc on the body. For example, the large quantities of sugar in sodas contribute to the obesity epidemic and throw blood sugar levels out of whack. Plus, the dangerous ingredients in artificial sweeteners are toxic to the body and can negatively...

Natural ways to sweeten foods without refined sugar

4/25/2014 - People who prefer to sweeten their foods do not have to rely solely on refined sugar or artificial sweeteners to accomplish the task. There are several sources that produce the sweet taste many people crave without adding the calories most people are constantly trying to avoid. The important thing when...

Family cuts added sugars from diet for entire year, discovers remarkable health benefits

4/20/2014 - When Eve O. Schaub could hardly get through one day before running out of energy, she chalked it up as normal, nodding her head in agreement over all the television commercials that constantly sell energy-boosting products. But after looking beyond the so-called promises of energy drinks, Schaub discovered...

British government refuses to act on lower sugar recommendations

3/27/2014 - Despite all that is known regarding the nightmarish health problems associated with excessive sugar intake, the British government is refusing to act on or back new recommendations for lower daily sugar levels. The reason? Most likely, we can chalk it up to conflict of interest. According to Britain's...

Five steps for keeping your sugar intake to a minimum

3/23/2014 - If you thought you were doing a pretty good job at controlling your sugar intake, you might not being doing as well as you think. Or, more precisely, you might not be limiting sugar enough, at least according to the World Health Organization (WHO). New guidelines issued recently by WHO say that...

Americans agree: Sugar, alcohol and tobacco are more dangerous than pot

3/21/2014 - If politicians and law enforcement are so eager to protect Americans from themselves, then they should break in and raid people's homes, taking their boxes of sugar cookies, sugar cereals and sugar jars instead, because, frankly, sugar is way more dangerous and addictive than pot. The American majority...

Science reveals sugar is as addictive as major illegal drugs

2/13/2014 - What if you discovered that a food you were consuming had the same effects on your body as a highly illegal drug and could lead to addiction, cravings, bingeing, chronic degeneration, and even death? In depth studies show that consuming sugar has the same effects on the body as taking heroin and cocaine. Heroin...

Eating too much added sugar really is killing you: Study

2/12/2014 - Many Americans were already aware that excessive sugar in their diets could cause a number of health problems, but a new study has found that too much of the sweet stuff can actually lead to premature death. According to researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), too much...

Five dangers to indulging in simple carbs

2/11/2014 - While sugarcane remains one of the world's leading crops, its refined version has become the subject of escalating scrutiny. The white crystals are devoid of nutrients and have a slew of negative effects on health, including diseases such as metabolic syndrome (Type II Diabetes, Obesity, Cholesterol),...

Xylitol: Uncovering the dark side of this popular sugar substitute

2/11/2014 - Many of us who have jumped on the lower-carb bandwagon have embraced xylitol as the darling of natural sugar substitutes. And yet, questionable manufacturing processes and the end product can be problematic - that is, a chemically extracted sugar alcohol the body is unable to fully digest which causes...

Research shows this food could impair immunity by 50%

1/27/2014 - It forms a big part of most modern-day diets, but research suggests that sugar consumption can impair immune function for a significant period of time, by as much as 50%. Indeed, sugar has been described as "one of the food components most damaging to our immune system." [1] What research suggests...

Hidden sugar could lead to addiction and disease

1/18/2014 - It has been admitted by nutritional experts, even those who are paid by the sugar industry, that high levels of sugar in food is not only causing obesity, tooth decay and disease, but it is also addictive. Sugar is an ingredient we are all familiar with. Many of us will add it to drinks and baking...

The top six better substitutes for sugar

11/23/2013 - White sugar has been found to increase the risk of developing different health problems, like interfering with normal insulin action, raising blood sugar levels and a lot more. Eating this or any foods that are rich in white sugar can even aggravate one's health problems. The most effective method of...

A practical guide to sugar and sweeteners

11/21/2013 - Sugar has definitely become the poster child of all things wrong with our health. Our overconsumption of the sweet white stuff has shouldered the blame for a rise in diabetes, obesity, attention problems, arthritis, cancer and several other diseases. So is ALL sugar bad, and what 'sweet' alternatives...

Cinnamon for holiday cooking reduces blood sugar and can cure the common cold

11/21/2013 - Cinnamon is a frequent addition to holiday meals such as pumpkin pie and mulled cider. Cinnamon can also be used to lower blood sugar, treat the common cold and thin blood. In fact, the drug Coumadin is derived from a synthetic form of cinnamon. Used in Chinese medicine, cinnamon is derived from the...

Scientific proof that drinking soda makes brains hyperactive

11/20/2013 - Soda pop consumption is on the rise. Before 1950, the standard soft drink was 6.5 ounces. By 1960, the average serving size jumped to a 12 oz can, and today, 20 oz bottles have become the norm. It's easy to fill up a 44 oz foam cup of soda from any American gas station, and free refills are encouraged...

Inflammation, sugar and fat: A fresh take

11/19/2013 - For quite some time now we have been fed a steady diet of negative news about one thing or another when it comes to what we should and should not be eating (e.g., saturated fat). We have also been told steadily what constituents in our bodies we should fear (e.g., cholesterol) and offered various pharmaceutical...

Three popular spices that lower blood sugar levels

11/16/2013 9:21:41 AM - Spices have always been admired for their ability to improve the flavors of rudimentary dishes, and perhaps this will always remain their most loved feature. Despite their largely pragmatic uses in the kitchen, however, emerging studies continue to prove that many popular spices are nutritional powerhouses...

Discover the benefits of xylitol, the safe alternative to sugar

11/11/2013 - The prevalent use of refined white cane sugar as a sweetener in foods and drinks is a serious contributing factor for a wide range of diseases, including cancer. Many alternatives, including aspartame and high-fructose - often GMO - corn syrup, are often even more dangerous to health than sugar. An...

Many food and beverage products made with stevia components still contain sugar, report finds

11/10/2013 - Growing consumer demand for a healthy, natural sweetener alternative that does not contain sugar or artificial chemicals has created a booming market for stevia extract and stevia-derived sweetener components, both of which are now added to thousands of consumer products and are even available in single-serving...

British officials mull imposing new 20 percent tax on sugary beverages

11/10/2013 - Authorities in the U.K. are considering the implementation of a new tax that they claim will help curb obesity and promote healthier living. BBC News reports that a new study recently published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) found that a 20 percent tax on sugary beverages like soda pop and processed...

Foods with surprisingly high sugar content

10/11/2013 - Most tomato products are high in sugar content. Ketchup is a food that few people realize has a large amount of sugar. The truth is that sugar is in most processed foods, meaning you never know when it will land on your table. Doing your best to avoid unwanted sugar is always a good idea, but you...

Study finds a high-protein, high-fat breakfast lowers blood sugar and risk of developing diabetes

10/6/2013 - Alternative nutrition researchers and practitioners have postulated that a large breakfast, moderate lunch and small-portion dinner is an important key to weight loss and optimal health maintenance. Excess calories, especially in the form of processed and refined junk carbohydrates, consumed later in...

Coconut sugar: A low GI sugar rich in amino acids and B vitamins

10/5/2013 5:46:03 PM - Coconut sugar, also called coconut sap sugar, is a sugar derived from the sap of coconut tree flowers. It has been used as a traditional sweetener for centuries in regions where coconut trees flourish, such as Southeast Asia. Coconut sugar is mostly comprised of sucrose, which gives it a sweet, caramel-like...

'Safe' doses of sugar still toxic to mice: Are you dying a 'sweet death?'

9/27/2013 - Eating a mostly healthy diet but still consuming what the government says are "safe" levels of processed sugar -- that is, a few sugar-added beverages here and there and an occasional dessert in "moderation" -- is still a recipe for early death, or at the very least some serious chronic health problems,...

Sugar named 'most addictive and dangerous substance' of our time, worse than cigarettes and alcohol

9/25/2013 - While the rest of the world is busy obsessing over the dangers of cigarettes and alcohol, the head of Amsterdam's health service in the Netherlands is trying to raise awareness about a much bigger and more pervasive health threat: sugar. According to Paul Van der Velpen, sugar is the most dangerous...

Cement made from sugar processing waste is stronger than regular cement

9/21/2013 - Practically everyone knows just how tough concrete is, but scientists in Denmark say that they have found a way to make it even stronger. Researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen have discovered that cement made with waste ash from sugar production is stronger than cement made in the...

Researchers propose that sugars be taxed like other harmful and addictive substances

8/21/2013 - The results of research findings over the past 20 years have scientists urging governments to tax sugar in the same way as other harmful substances like tobacco and alcohol are. These addictive substances have high abuse potential, and any amount of their consumption is associated with an increase in...

Break a sugar addiction in a week using three simple steps

8/19/2013 - Refined sugar is a drug that is similar to opiates in its power to become addicted to it. The Journal of Psychoactive Drugs stated in a study published in 2010 that sugar releases euphoric endorphins in some people's brains in a manner very similar to that of certain drugs which are commonly abused....

Mortality rate doubles for females eating refined white sugar - lab mice study rocks soda industry

8/14/2013 - In what is arguably the most shocking food study conducted since the Seralini "GMO rats" study released last year, researchers at the University of Utah have found that even a small amount of refined sugar consumption resulted in a doubling of the death rate of female mice. Fed merely the equivalent...

Six easy steps to avoid common genetically modified foods

8/10/2013 - Awareness about the presence of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the food supply is at an all-time high throughout America, thanks in large part to the Proposition 37 ballot initiative in California. But many people are now asking the question, "If GMOs aren't labeled, how can I know whether...

Top 5 healthy foods that fight sugar cravings

8/2/2013 - Sugar cravings and eating too many foods that contain sugar may cause health problems such as diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. If one gives in to his sugar cravings, the sugary foods that he ate will cause his blood sugar to increase quickly and then crash. The blood sugar crash then makes him...

Mother's junk food diet predisposes children to a high fat, high sugar diet for life

8/2/2013 - Researchers are beginning to compile an impressive wealth of scientific evidence to explain how the nutritional status, and specifically the diet of a mother during gestation, plays a critical role in setting the initial gene set or expression for the newborn child that will determine susceptibility...

New MRI research reveals cancer cells thrive on processed sugar

7/17/2013 - Do you have a sweet tooth? If so, your dietary habits could be significantly adding to your risk of developing cancer. New research published in the journal Nature Medicine has confirmed that processed sugar is one of the primary driving forces behind the growth and spread of cancer tumors, so much...

Excess sugar and refined carbohydrates found to significantly increase risk of heart failure

7/12/2013 - Common sense dictates that excess consumption of sugary drinks and foods, along with a regular diet of refined carbohydrates that convert to glucose when broken down by pre-digestive enzymes in the mouth is not only bad for the waistline, but also triggers the initial stages of many chronic diseases....

Brave food sovereignty heroes destroy 6,000 genetically-modified sugar beets in Oregon

7/2/2013 - It appears as though some Americans may finally be waking up to the grim reality that calling their politicians and signing petitions is simply not enough to stem the tide of evil that has overtaken this once free country. For perhaps the first time since genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) were introduced...

Research links hypoglycemia to dementia in later life: Control your blood sugar while you still can

6/24/2013 - Hypoglycemia may increase the risk of dementia and vice versa, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of California-San Francisco and published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. The study was conducted on people with diabetes, who are who are paradoxically among those...

Studies link sugary drink consumption to heart disease

6/14/2013 - Many studies link consumption of sugary soft drinks (including non-carbonated beverages) to serious health consequences. One of these is heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States and one of the most costly. Unfortunately, according to a recent Gallup survey nearly half of all Americans...

Drinking soda greatly increases your risk of stroke: Study

6/6/2013 - It doesn't matter whether it's sugary or diet: High consumption of carbonated soft drinks significantly increases your risk of stroke, research shows. Although many studies have shown that a high consumption of sugary soft drinks increases the risk of everything from diabetes and gout to obesity...

Six easy ways to sweeten food without using refined sugar or artificial sweeteners

5/20/2013 - Sugar is everywhere. And if you have a sweet tooth, it can be quite difficult to avoid it in one of its many refined forms, as it is added to all sorts of processed foods. But not all sugar is bad, and there are many ways to sweeten food without going over the edge, and sometimes without even having...

Feeding sugar to babies before vaccinations reduces crying, say quacks

5/10/2013 - Administering vaccinations to babies is often a source of never-ending frustration for the common quack. Babies dislike having their skin pierced with metal needles, it seems, and their ensuing screaming and thrashing often hinder the procedure. This insolent non-compliance to Big Pharma's will has...

How to regulate your blood sugar without prescription drugs

5/8/2013 - Nearly one-third of all Americans today are either diabetic or pre-diabetic, which basically means their bodies have lost the ability to properly process sugar. As a result, excess sugar molecules, typically from junk foods, accumulate in the blood and vital organs leading to chronic illness and eventually...

Studies prove that consumption of sugar and cancer are connected

4/29/2013 - Sugar lurks in many places within our food system today. From certain breads and juices, to children's cereal, it has been discretely introduced into the food supply on a catastrophic level. Over the years, much research has been conducted regarding the toxic effects of sugar, and the conclusions have...

Beat your sugar cravings once and for all: Five unconventional solutions

4/12/2013 - Sugar addiction is a difficult habit to break for many people, especially when the body and digestive tract become so overrun with yeast, candida, parasites and other sugar-loving bacteria that not eating sugar triggers intense withdrawal symptoms. But if you are tired of your sweet tooth calling all...

Dangers of high blood sugar can be alleviated with cinnamon, chromium and bitter melon

3/29/2013 - Blood sugar causes degenerative disease. Not only diabetes is a concern, but also high blood sugar affects the eyes, kidneys, brain, the heart, and also speeds the aging process. Sugar creates inflammation in the body, and burns the cells by inflammatory oxidation. This inflammatory process is called...

Eight ways eating sugar is sending you to your grave

3/23/2013 - The latter part of the 20th Century has seen an exponential increase in sugar consumption provided by the processed food industry's introduction of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and increased sucrose content in common foods and beverages. Sucrose (refined sugar) and HFCS are ubiquitous in all fast...

The dangers of ingesting processed sugar

3/21/2013 - Sugar in itself is not at all bad. As a matter of fact, the body can benefit from it in some way. However, the horror comes from too much ingestion of foods that contain processed sugar. Too much consumption can lead to many health dangers including obesity, diabetes, heart diseases and cancer. And...

Seven dangers of sugary foods on young teenagers' development

3/18/2013 - Sugar in its natural and unrefined form does have a lot of benefits. It is responsible for giving young kids the kind of energy they have. However, too much sugary food can affect a young teenager's development. Some of the bad effects of sugar include increasing the risk to obesity, diabetes, tooth...

Sugar is the main cause of Type II diabetes, not other factors

3/13/2013 - The precise connection between sugar intake, obesity, and Type II diabetes has been a hotly-debated point of contention in the scientific community for many years. But new research published in the open-access journal PLoS One appears to have made a significant breakthrough on the subject, as it pinpoints...

How too much sugar leads to cancer

3/4/2013 - High levels of sugar in the blood spark a biochemical cascade that can lead directly to cancer, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid and published in the journal Molecular Cell. The research may help explain the long-known connection between...

Glass particles prompt recall of major Kellogg's cereal brand

3/1/2013 - The latest in a series of recalls that spans several years, corporate food giant Kellogg's has voluntarily summoned back 36,000 boxes of Special K Red Berries cereal that it says might be contaminated with potentially dangerous fragments of glass. Though a company spokesman insists that no injuries...

New breakfast soft drink may promote weight gain and Type II diabetes

2/23/2013 - A new breakfast drink came on the market this year to meet a demand of people who want caffeine in the morning, but not from coffee or tea. Created by a major soft drink manufacturer; it contains caffeine, sugar, artificial sweeteners a few vitamins and a little (five percent) juice. At 16 ounces, it...

The truth about diet soda and diabetes: Diet soda increases the risk of diabetes

2/19/2013 - Sodas have a reputation for being among the worst drinks available health-wise. For one, these drinks contain loads of sugar, which makes frequent consumption of these drinks a potential trigger for diabetes mellitus, one of the most dreaded diseases of our time. Because of this, people are making a...

Diabetes sufferer switched to vegan diet, blood sugar stabilized after 10 days

2/19/2013 - Eliminating meat and dairy, and including fruit smoothies and orange juice into the diet, has helped one woman normalize blood sugar levels. "I have diabetes and I was very worried that more carbs and fruit and less protein would mean my blood sugar would be harder to manage," said the senior member...

Low-sugar diet helps prevent diabetes

2/15/2013 - One of the most common myths associated with diabetes is that too much intake of sugary foods triggers it. It should be noted; however, that while a low-sugar diet can help reduce the chances of dealing with diabetes, the excessive consumption of sugar is not the sole cause of it. There are other factors...

Calories from sugary soft drinks are more likely to cause weight gain

1/27/2013 - A major soft drink manufacturer is now set to run big ads explaining that weight gain, and more specifically our obesity epidemic, is due to consuming too many calories over all and not to drinking too many sugar sweetened beverages. While this sounds logical, in fact it is not supported by studies...

Vanquish sugar addiction naturally (and painlessly) with these tips

1/24/2013 - Sugar addiction is a subtle and insidious dependency that creeps up completely unnoticed. Unknowingly consumed in processed food or a seemingly harmless meal out, sugar is everywhere. In fact, the average American ingests 150 pounds of refined sugar a year -- the equivalent of five tons throughout a...

Resveratrol shields against high blood sugar surges to prevent diabetic complications and improve cardiovascular health

1/21/2013 - Allopathic practitioners and the pharmaceutical giants enjoy promoting natural compounds including resveratrol as worthless, akin to snake oil and frequently attempt to convince the public that they are wasting their money by using these supplements. Naturally, the big medical concerns make huge profits...

Overcome diabetes with these powerful therapeutic herbs

1/14/2013 - If you or someone you know suffers from either diabetes or pre-diabetes, it might come as a surprise to learn that a life of endless insulin shots and blood glucose drugs is not your only treatment option. If you are serious about truly overcoming your diabetic condition, there are actually a number...

Don't blow off breakfast (opinion)

12/2/2012 9:20:17 PM - Most of us think if we blow-off breakfast we'll lose weight. How would you like to lose 30 pounds within a year? Let's face it, losing weight isn't easy. But keeping it off is way harder. The people that study weight dilemmas say it can be done with little effort. Reports say that one in five...

Balsamic vinegar added to pasta dishes lowers blood sugar and helps you lose weight faster

12/2/2012 - Pasta is a forbidden food on many low-carb diets due to its high starch content. Not only do starches cause weight gain; as they digest, they also cause spikes in blood sugar. Choosing the type of pasta and what toppings to add can actually help you lose weight and lower your blood sugar. Anti-obesity...

How cancer feeds on sugar (and other big reasons to avoid refined sweets)

11/23/2012 - Not only is sugar the primary source of excess calories in the United States, but the latest research also shows that cancer cells lap up high-fructose corn syrup, adding yet another reason to avoid it. A couple of years ago, researchers from the University of California-Los Angeles found that pancreatic...

Sugar consumption a 'public health crisis' aggravated by GM sugar beets

10/29/2012 - Sugar is exceptionally toxic and leads to heart disease, metabolic syndrome and cancer -- it can even be equated with addictive drugs like cocaine, according to prominent medical experts. Add to this the fact that genetically modified (GM) sugar beets now dominate the U.S. market, a healthy future certainly...

Eating beans and lentils daily balances blood sugar and prevents complications in diabetics

10/27/2012 - More evidence has emerged debunking the appropriateness of a whole grain-based diet for diabetics, which mainstream health authorities often recommend as beneficial for managing the disease. A new study out of Canada reveals that regularly eating beans, lentils, and other legumes instead of grains can...

Sugar and carbs quadruple risk of cognitive impairment in aging adults

10/22/2012 - The fear of losing the ability to think, remember and reason strikes fear in the minds of millions of aging adults around the world. Cognitive impairment leads to a decline in quality of life and is often the first sign of the most insidious form of dementia, Alzheimer's disease. Researchers have been...

Major processed food chain Nestle revamps products due to consumers choosing healthier options

10/22/2012 - Most likely in response to a raft of negative press regarding high-sugar content products, as well as numerous reports detailing the nation's worsening obesity epidemic, food giants Nestle SA and General Mills, Inc. have announced they will cut both sugar and salt in the children's breakfast cereals...

Home remedies lower blood glucose levels preventing diabetes

10/18/2012 - For people flirting with elevated blood glucose levels, the looming threat of having to take insulin shots can truly be frightening. Diabetes has become more prevalent than ever due to the All-American diet consisting of fast junk food, sodas, and the variety of other garbage people consume -- counter...

Manage your blood sugar and diabetes with these four herbs

10/18/2012 - Modern medicine may have its place in emergency care, but when it comes to the prevention or management of chronic illness, many conventional treatments are lacking. In the case of diabetes, the battle is loudly proclaimed to be one of blood sugar regulation. "Check your sugar, and take your drugs as...

We've got Cocoa Mojo - a 'hot chocolate' mix with low-glycemic coconut sugar and medicinal mushrooms

10/11/2012 - Winter is approaching in the Northern hemisphere, and the medical establishment is already pushing flu shot vaccines. They never push anything that boosts the immune system, of course. It's always about pushing things that compromise your health: pharmaceuticals, radiation, vaccines and fluoride. In...

Natural remedies smooth blood sugar and cut cravings

9/30/2012 - Refined sugar, which has been found to be four times as addictive as cocaine and as addictive as heroin, has wormed its way into virtually all of the processed foods that make up most of the calories Americans consume. Little wonder, then, that so many are dependent on this dangerous substance just...

Break a sugar addiction within a week using three easy steps

9/18/2012 2:00:12 PM - Refined sugar is a drug that is similar to opiates in its power to become addicted to it. The Journal of Psychoactive Drugs stated in a study published in 2010 that sugar releases euphoric endorphins in some people's brains in a manner very similar to that of certain drugs which are commonly abused. "Sugar...

Sugar and high fructose diet slows brain and memory functions

9/10/2012 - Health-minded individuals know that consuming a diet rich in sugary foods or laden with high fructose corn syrup increases incidence of heart disease, dementia, diabetes, and cancer. We can now add cognitive decline and poor memory retention to the list. This should be of particular interest to high...

Three natural zero-calorie sugar substitutes replace Aspartame and other artificial sweeteners

9/7/2012 - With health fears over reports resulting from consuming artificial sweeteners, most people looking for a zero calorie sugar substitute have been left wanting -- until now. It's not that safe, natural, low-calorie sugar substitutes were unavailable, just that the public doesn't know much about them....

Six of the best foods for diabetics

8/28/2012 11:44:00 AM - There are two forms of diabetes: Type one and type two. Both types involve imbalanced blood sugar and insulin issues. Insulin is the hormone that helps convert glucose into the cellular energy that's needed for the cells to metabolize nutrients. Type one diabetes is sometimes called juvenile diabetes...

Having unhealthy food cravings? Here is what your body really wants

8/25/2012 - Even while kicking the standard American diet (SAD), even after leaving SAD behind, those nasty little junk or processed food cravings can re-emerge. They're like the munchies after coming down from pot or booze. But cravings don't need any drug or alcohol stimulus to overcome us. Cravings have more...

Splenda soon to unleash 'Nectresse' - Here's what you need to know about this new 'natural' sweetener

8/7/2012 - McNeil Nutritionals, LLC, maker of the artificial sweetener Splenda, is gearing up to introduce a new "natural" sweetener known as Nectresse that will cater specifically to those looking for a healthy alternative to artificial sweeteners and sugar. But is Nectresse really as natural as McNeil claims...

Effects of dieting styles finds that some popular choices may actually increase weight related problems

7/30/2012 - Recent research has scientists concerned that popular dietary recommendations for weight loss may be placing individuals at an increased risk for diabetes-related conditions. A team from the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center Boston Children's Hospital investigated the impacts of the...

Sugar, Inflammation and Longevity

7/23/2012 - Ancient Roman and Indian doctors used sugar topically to treat infections and internally to sweeten less palatable medicines. It was, however, fairly unknown in the common marketplace. The tropical conditions required to grow sugar and the labor intensive difficulty of harvesting the plant ensured the...

Is white sugar the gateway drug to alcoholism and obesity?

7/12/2012 - As a species, we consume almost 2,204 pounds of white sugar each year, this equates to an average of approximately 81.4 pounds per person. Many health professionals have noted the negative health effects of sugar, from excessive weight gain to diabetes. It has also been reported that children who have...

Why we are three times heavier than we were in the '60s

6/16/2012 - The affluence of the Western world may be the envy of empires and kingdoms past, but much of that affluence has come at a heavy price in terms of health. The obesity epidemic is only getting worse, despite efforts in the U.S. and Europe to battle bulging waistlines with better research, better information...

Ridiculous Lancet study sets stage for pushing 'pre-diabetes' drugs on entire world

6/13/2012 - A new study published in the journal Lancet, the same journal that in 2010 corruptly pulled Dr. Andrew Wakefield's 1998 study linking the combination measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine to bowel disease and autism (http://www.naturalnews.com), suggests that drugging those with "pre-diabetes" may...

High fructose corn syrup can't disguise itself as 'corn sugar,' FDA decides

6/5/2012 - The days of food and beverage makers hiding the gargantuan sugar content of high fructose corn syrup under the deceptive label of "corn sugar" are over following a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decision that prohibits the common industry practice. According to recent reports, FDA regulators...

Added sugar is the number one culprit in the American health crisis

5/19/2012 - Cancer. Heart disease. High blood pressure. Obesity. Diabetes. Premature aging. What we take for granted as hallmarks of life in the most affluent country on Earth have been popularly linked to everything from genetics to fast food. What if the real answer is so straightforward it's as near at hand...

Green coffee bean extract is a powerful anti-oxidant

5/18/2012 - While most in society believe that coffee is bad for health this is only a half-truth. Pure green-coffee extract has become one of the top selling weight loss products on the market. Green coffee bean extract has some very good health and performance related benefits. There are two major types of...

USDA to issue new guidelines limiting amount of sugar, salt, and fat in foods sold at public schools

5/1/2012 - Pressure from consumer and non-profit groups to eliminate all forms of "junk" food from public school lunch rooms across America has led the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to pursue drastic new food restriction measures that are set to be enacted this summer. According to Reuters, the USDA is...

Cinnamon: the blood sugar stabilizer

4/22/2012 - Cinnamon is one of the most anti-oxidant rich herbs on the planet. It has been revered by nearly every culture for centuries for its sweet taste and pleasant aroma. Cinnamon has been shown to have remarkable medicinal qualities that enhance blood sugar signaling, reduce inflammation, stimulate immunity...

Pepsi's 'Next' generation - Less sugar, more toxins!

4/22/2012 - On March 26, 2012, Pepsi introduced their latest in a long line of soft-drinks aimed at the health-conscious consumer. According to their press release, Pepsi Next is aimed at, "a segment of consumers who are resistant to both regular, full-sugar cola and diet cola offerings. These consumers love the...

Top 5 herbs and spices that help lower blood sugar

4/17/2012 - Fruit, bread, cereals and pasta are popular sources of glucose. Also known as blood sugar, glucose is a vital source of energy for the body. It is constantly required by our muscles and brain. For optimum performance, our brain must have a regular supply on hand because it is incapable of keeping a...

Americans are killing themselves with sugar

4/14/2012 - Sugar and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are not just in soft drinks, pastries, and candies. They are hidden in most processed foods, condiments and sauces. Sometimes the sweetening ingredients in those foods and condiments are disguised as dextrose or corn syrup (which is most likely genetically modified)...

Chiropractic and diabetes - The connection between blood sugar and the spine

4/13/2012 - The possibility for chiropractic care to help people with diabetes is an up and coming area of research, and it is an important one. Roughly one out of every three men and two out of every five women born in the year 2000 will suffer from diabetes in their lifetime. Research points to evidence that...

Sugar takes on high fructose corn syrup in high stakes legal battle to see which is most unhealthy

3/26/2012 - In what has all the appearances of the pot calling the kettle black, two of the unhealthiest and most widely consumed items in the American diet are headed to court to decide which one is more evil. Big Sugar is taking on Big Corn and their High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) in a landmark battle scheduled...

Special hormone released by bone cells plays an important role in blood sugar regulation

3/24/2012 - Most people have viewed bones as inanimate structures within the body that merely play a role in providing structural integrity to the body. New research is revealing just how dynamic bone structure is to the nervous, immune and endocrine system. A bone released hormone is now considered by researchers...

Just one soda per day can cause heart attacks in men

3/16/2012 - You have no doubt heard that sugary, high-fructose soda is a major contributing factor to the nation's ever-growing waistline, but new research indicates that even in moderation, drinking just one soda a day is a major health risk, especially for men. According to a new study published in the medical...

Groups push for FDA to require specific labeling of added sugars in foods

3/12/2012 - A coalition of consumer advocacy groups, health organizations, and food and nutrition groups has officially called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to enact new labeling requirements for foods that contain added sugars. The Environmental Working Group (EWG), the American Heart Association,...

Demystifying "sugar alcohol": Is it a suitable substitute for ordinary sugar?

3/1/2012 - Circumventing reliance on sugar is something akin to a national pastime as many individuals seek unique ways to lessen their daily intake. This sort of dependence sends food marketers into a frenzy resulting in numerous products boasting "sugar free" or "low calorie" on their labels. For decades, thishas...

Sugar sweetened drinks increase heart disease and diabetes risk in women

2/14/2012 - The result of a research study released by the American Heart Association's (AHA) Scientific Sessions provides evidence that women drinking two or more sugary drinks a day may increase waistline size and risk of heart disease, even if they don't gain weight. Heart disease is the leading killer of women...

Sugary drink ads target black and Latino children and teens

12/28/2011 - A report released by the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity finds that soft drink companies target black and Latino teens with ads for sugary drinks. The beverages identified by the Center as least healthy are also those most heavily promoted to children of color, researchers found. Targeting...

Sugar consumption accelerates aging

12/26/2011 - The largest source of calories for individuals living in industrialized nations comes from sugar. Sugar increases insulin levels which promote fat accumulation and inflammation throughout the body. Sugar consumption and elevated insulin accelerate the aging process and create an environment conducive...

Corn Refiners Association sued for falsely claiming that high fructose corn syrup is same as sugar

12/24/2011 - Those crafty television commercials that claim high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is basically the same thing as conventional sugar have gotten the Corn Refiners Association (CRA), the group responsible for creating them, in a heap of trouble. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) reports that the sugar...

Simple strategies buffer blood sugar

12/22/2011 - Sweet foods and starches are not genetically congruent to eat on a regular basis. Our ancestors looked at these as rare delicacies. Most people in our society today are raised on a steady diet of sugars, grains and other starches. Here are the best strategies to lower the blood sugar/insulin response...

Proteins, not sugar, increase energy expenditure

12/20/2011 2:38:24 PM - A study published in the November issue of the science journal Neuron subverts the commonly held belief that consuming sugar can make you feel more energetic. Researchers at the University of Cambridge reveal that protein is responsible for activating cells that keep us awake and help us burn more calories,...

Try the best natural sweeteners

12/4/2011 - Sweet foods were a rare delicacy for our ancient ancestors. Today, we have an unlimited supply of sugary foods and beverages at our disposal. Natural sweeteners can be used effectively in moderation to provide the sweetness that most people crave. Here are the best natural sweeteners ranked in order...

Citizens for Health launches initiative to fight Corn Refiners Association fraudulent HFCS campaign

11/22/2011 - The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) has been busy the past few years trying to salvage the reputation of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), a heavily-processed chemical sweetener derived from corn starch that a growing number of Americans are now seeking to avoid for health reasons. The industry's latest...

Children's vitamins largely made of sugar and corn syrup

11/2/2011 - Those brightly colored gummy or chewable vitamins you give your children in hopes of providing them with more nutrients may actually harm their health. The sweetening ingredients added to make vitamins more attractive to children also put them at risk for obesity, diabetes, asthma, diarrhea and other...

Salad dressings often loaded with corn syrup and other junk ingredients

10/26/2011 - After you wash and chop your fresh vegetables to prepare a delicious and healthy salad, would you pour a bottle of corn syrup over your dish or sprinkle the greens with sugar? You probably think that this sounds like a disgusting idea. Yet that is exactly what many people do by using prepared salad...

Splenda Essentials revealed as chemical sweetener containing chlorine atoms

10/19/2011 - Splenda Essentials, the latest marketing venture from the makers of Splenda, includes vitamins, amino acids, and sometimes even fiber. In an attempt to win over uneducated consumers, the half real, half synthetic sweetener now sounds like it might actually be a healthy choice, but if a company sprinkled...

Vitamin Water exposed as sugar water in Food Investigations video

8/21/2011 - In a new Food Investigations video entitled, "The Vitamin Water Deception," the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (www.ConsumerWellness.org) takes aim at the misleading marketing and high sugar content of Vitamin Water (a Coca-Cola product). The video was created by the Consumer Wellness Center and...

What's really in the food? The A to Z of the food industry's most evil ingredients

7/28/2011 - Ever wonder what's really in the food sold at grocery stores around the world? People keep asking me, "What ingredients should I avoid?" So I put together a short list that covers all the most toxic and disease-promoting ingredients in the food supply. These are the substances causing cancer, diabetes,...

Study: Drinking diet soda actually causes weight gain, blood sugar spikes

7/24/2011 - Contrary to popular belief, diet soda and other foods and beverages made with artificial sweeteners like aspartame are not healthy, and they do not bring about weight loss. A landmark new study out of Texas confirms this, having found that not only do diet sodas not help with weight loss, but they...

Coconut sugar quickly replacing agave nectar as natural sweetener of choice

6/29/2011 - Over the last two years, we've witnessed a mass exodus away from agave nectar and a search for more natural sweeteners that are both low on the glycemic index and high in nutrient density. Several candidates have emerged, but my all-out favorite has become coconut sugar, which is really more like a...

Researchers discover link between sugar consumption and mental illness

6/12/2011 - A cross-cultural analysis published in the British Journal of Psychiatry found a strong correlation between refined sugar consumption and mental illness. Researchers found that a high national intake of refined sugar and dairy products predicted a higher incidence of schizophrenia and depression. Research...

Fructose: what is it, and why is it in everything?

5/24/2011 - We all know fructose is some type of sweetener, we see it listed on so many food labels: ketchup, soft-drinks, energy drinks, cereals, cookies, breads, crackers, ice creams, canned soups, and more. And most of us think fructose has something to do with fruits. So in some way it's okay; it's just some...

ALS and Muscular Dystrophy associations recommend sugar to Lou Gehrig's disease patients

5/13/2011 - Consuming processed sugar is not ordinarily thought of as health promoting. Among other health problems, research has shown sugar consumption associated with weakened immune system functioning, inflammation, fatigue and depression. So, you may be surprised that The ALS Association (ALSA) and The Muscular...

Experts agree - Sugar is a health destroyer

5/9/2011 - With many sugar-related stories recently leaking into the mainstream media, the negative effects of sugar have been a subject of intense debate. Adding proverbial fuel to the biological fire, a video lecture by a prominent California doctor entitled "Sugar: The Bitter Truth," has been generating over...

High fructose corn syrup and cane sugar - Your body knows the difference

5/5/2011 - A current television commercial from the Corn Refiners Association touts the equality of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) to cane sugar. It claims, "When it comes to corn sugar or cane sugar, your body doesn't know the difference. Sugar is sugar." True, sugar is sugar, but it certainly is not HFCS, a...

ADD and ADHD symptoms can be a sign of excess sugar and boredom

5/2/2011 - Children who exhibit Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD) symptoms do not necessarily have ADD or ADHD. Those children have symptoms, but not necessarily the correct diagnosis. In addition, many children are placed on medications for ADD and ADHD symptoms....

The Medical Monopoly: It's not about who's right or wrong but who's in charge

4/21/2011 5:01:37 PM - The general public doesn't realize there is an ongoing war for the control of our bodies. Allopathic medicine and the pharmaceutical industry demand a monopoly on treating disease and will stop at nothing to achieve that end. I know this to be true because I've been portrayed a so-called victim of...

Vitamin D helps diabetics maintain healthy blood sugar levels

4/17/2011 - An Iranian study has found yet another way natural way by which diabetics can help keep their blood sugar levels in check. Researchers from the National Nutrition and Food Technology Research Institute in Iran discovered recently that when given extra vitamin D as part of their daily diets for several...

Lower blood sugar levels and improve digestion with juniper berries

4/7/2011 - Juniper trees are found mainly in Asia, North Africa, Europe and North America. Mostly known for their flavouring agents that are used in gin, these berries or seeds have a great deal of health benefits as well. They are known to aid digestion, lower blood sugar levels and even promote and maintain...

High fructose corn syrup increases abdominal fat and insulin resistance

4/6/2011 - A new study from Princeton University found that significant weight gain occurred by merely adding high fructose corn syrup to the diet. Subjects in the test group gained 48% more weight than those who were not given any high fructose corn syrup. Companies with financial ties to the industry have fought...

Sugar-sweetened drinks cause higher blood pressure

3/8/2011 - New research just published in Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association concludes that soda and other drinks sweetened with sugar are associated with higher blood pressure. And the more sugar as well as sodium (also found in abundance in most sodas) people consumed, the higher blood pressure...

Use the nectar from the Tree of Life as a sugar replacement

2/25/2011 - It is said there are 101 uses for the coconut tree. The leaves of the coconut tree are used for wood thatching and clothing. The wood of the trunk is excellent for its strength and notable for its straight form, which is good for furniture construction. The roots are used as medicine and to create beverages....

How sweet it isn't! Cutting through the hype and deception of sugar

2/23/2011 - Corn sugar? It's high-fructose corn syrup by any other name, and it's dangerous. What sweeteners are safe? What's not? You may be surprised at the latest research. Last September, manufacturers of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) asked the federal government for permission to sweeten its image with...

USDA says yes to genetically engineered sugarbeet - kiss organics goodbye!

2/16/2011 - The US Department of Agriculture last Friday gave farmers the go-ahead to resume planting Roundup Ready sugarbeets - claiming it's the only way to avoid a nationwide shortage of sugar! Hot on the heels of the deregulation of genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa, the USDA said it would once again allow...

Added sugars linked to risk of heart disease in teenagers

2/14/2011 - Although most people still believe that eating saturated fats and cholesterol is the greatest risk factor in developing heart disease, the real threat comes from refined sugars in the diet. A new study finds that even teenagers who consume too many added sugars in soft drinks and foods develop high...

Cinnamon promotes weight and blood sugar control

2/2/2011 - Studies have shown that cinnamon, the common kitchen spice frequently sprinkled on breakfast oatmeal and included in sweet potato pie, lowers blood glucose levels. Along with the benefits that it brings to this area, additional testing and folklore say that cinnamon also has fat-burning properties that...

Reverse degenerative diabetes naturally (Opinion)

2/2/2011 - According to the American Diabetes Association 23.6 million Americans (7.8% of the population) have diabetes and another 57 million people (18.8%) have insulin-resistant pre-diabetes. The vast majority of diabetes is the type II variety known as degenerative diabetes. Research has shown that degenerative...

Global sugar shortage looms, price hikes expected

1/25/2011 - Global sugar prices are at their highest level in 30 years and may rise higher as fears of a worldwide shortage loom. The high prices are part of a larger trend of high food prices caused by loss and degradation of arable land, climate uncertainty and price speculation. In the case of sugar, prices...

Control blood sugar to prevent diabetes and extend lifespan

1/19/2011 - Our body did not evolve to metabolize the large amount of carbohydrate calories consumed by many individuals today. High levels of blood glucose are a significant underlying factor that leads to the development and proliferation of many age-related diseases. Diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer and...

Discover four fantastic benefits of stevia

1/15/2011 - During the holiday season, people are desperately searching for foods that will satisfy their sweet tooth without adding extra inches around their waistline. Stevia could very well be the answer not only for weight loss and maintenance, but also for many other health problems. The natural sweetener,...

High Fructose Corn Syrup - Two reasons to avoid this Corn Sugar

12/29/2010 - The move is on to further muddy the waters pertaining to High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). The goal is to convince or confuse consumers into thinking that HFCS is like sugar by changing its name to Corn Sugar. While there are issues that surround processed sugar, HFCS or Corn Sugar presents a wider problem....

General Mills cuts sugar content in children's cereals but still uses GMOs

12/13/2010 - Breakfast cereal giant General Mills recently announced plans to slightly cut the sugar content in its children's cereals in accordance with overall pressures on major food producers to fight childhood obesity and its related diseases by making healthier products. However the company continues to use...

Avoid colds and flu by eliminating sugar and enlisting the natural duo

12/10/2010 - When given the opportunity our body has the amazing capacity to thwart many diseases and illnesses including the common cold and influenza. When we provide our immune system with the necessary tools to fight bacteria and viruses, vibrant health will always be the natural result. The typical processed...

California judge orders illegal GMO sugar beet crops destroyed

12/6/2010 - For the first time in history, a judge has ruled that an illegally-planted, genetically-modified (GM) crop be destroyed. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White of California ruled back in August that all future plantings of GM sugar beets cease until the U.S. Department of Agriculture conducts a valid environmental...

Almonds, cinnamon and chromium naturally regulate blood sugar to prevent chronic disease

12/4/2010 - Many people don`t give a second thought to their blood glucose levels until a physician indicates a problem with sugar regulation or there is a diagnosis of diabetes. At this point, a cascade of metabolically mediated events is taking place that paves the road toward chronic disease and an early demise....

Having even one sugary drink a day significantly ups diabetes risk

11/23/2010 - New research published in the journal Diabetes Care highlights the dangers of drinking even small amounts of sugary beverages like high fructose corn syrup-sweetened sodas and refined sugar-rich energy drinks. According to the report, drinking even one sugary drink a day raises the risk of developing...

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