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Artificial Sweeteners

Why Cutting Down On Sugar Is So Challenging -- And So Important

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 11.04.2014 | Healthy Living

We understand that too much sugar in our diets can have significant consequences when it comes to our health. However, that knowledge doesn't make war...

Sweetener Swap and Sugar Rules: Can We De-Sugar Our Holidays?

Tasneem Bhatia, M.D. | Posted 11.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Tasneem Bhatia, M.D.

Knowing our new-found fear of sugar, many sugar substitutes and "natural" sugars are crowding the market place leaving us all a bit confused. Before you swap your sweeteners, here is what you need to know this holiday season.

7 Things You Didn't Know About Stevia

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 10.16.2014 | Healthy Living

As you probably know from the very particular way you take your coffee, not all sweeteners are created equal. The market is booming with sugar substit...

Why I'm Kicking My Diet Coke Can to the Curb

Akhila Satish | Posted 12.15.2014 | Science
Akhila Satish

A study published earlier this month in Nature suggested, controversially, that noncaloric artificial sweeteners could induce glucose intolerance, typified by conditions such as pre-diabetes and diabetes. In other words, the chemicals we developed to cater to a diabetic market may in fact be causing diabetes.

Pepsi Launches 60-Calorie Soda With Controversial Ingredient

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 10.01.2014 | Business

Pepsi is trying to slim down with a new sweetener. On Wednesday, the soda and snack giant announced Pepsi True, its first mid-calorie soda since th...

Our Sodas, Stars and Selves: Where the Buck -- and Calories -- Stop

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.29.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Big Soda might have said: "We know you are getting fat and sick, and feel we are implicated; but frankly, we don't give a damn as long as you are foolish enough to keep buying what we sell." Actually, that would have been refreshingly honest.

Seeking The Sweet Spot, From Mouth To Microbiome

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

A study out last week in the top-tier journal Nature told us that non-caloric artificial sweeteners (NAS) may contribute to glucose intolerance by mucking up our microbiomes. That's a serious indictment, since these products are intended to help defend against glucose intolerance, and other ills related to diabetes risk and weight gain.

Some Gut Microbes Love Diet Soda... and They're Not the Good Guys

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 11.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

This study shows quite nicely that non-caloric sweeteners can alter gut microbes in mice -- a change that has negative metabolic consequences -- and provides preliminary evidence that it can happen in humans too.

This Might Explain Why Diet Soda Drinkers Are Often Overweight

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 09.18.2014 | Healthy Living

People who drink diet sodas over regular sodas are more likely to be overweight or obese, but scientists weren't sure why. The theories fell into two ...

Diet Soda: Builds Desire, Decreases Satisfaction

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 10.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

The question of what these sweeteners do to our body -- and by what mechanism -- is far from settled, but this study adds to the realization that looking just at calorie counts, without thinking a little more about the actual ingredients, might not be enough to lead to long-term weight control and health.

Workplace Guru Can Tell You How to Land a Job from What You Take in Your Coffee

Stephen Viscusi | Posted 09.29.2014 | Business
Stephen Viscusi

Do you think you knew all the basic human resources questions hiring companies like to ask? What are your strengths? Weaknesses? HR 101, I call them. Familiar?

Panera To Artificial Additives: We're Subtracting You

Scott Davis | Posted 09.27.2014 | Business
Scott Davis

Better taste is one benefit we see to the consumer in removing these additives. And as we wean our menu off all these artificial additives, we'll start with the ones that have the greatest impact on taste.

New Vitaminwater Swaps Sugar For Stevia, Grosses Out Fans

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 06.11.2014 | Business

Vitaminwater fans are seething over recent changes to their beloved sports drink. Quietly last month, the company began swapping out some sugar in ...

Shocking Sugar Facts

Laura Kumin | Posted 08.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Laura Kumin

I'm not a sugar-hating fanatic. In fact, my credentials as a chocoholic and dessert-lover are unimpeachable. But I like to know what I'm eating. Whether it's sugar or anything else, don't try to slip one by me, please.

New Study: Diet Soda meets Straw Man

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.30.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

A new study in the journal Obesity, comparing diet soda to water for weight loss, has resulted in extensive and worldwide media coverage -- some of it, to my surprise, directly involving me. My involvement derives from my published opinions about diet soda and artificial sweeteners, which thus far remain unchanged after reading the study in question.

The Not-So-Sweet Skinny on Sugar-Free Gum Sweeteners

Bill Chameides | Posted 02.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Bill Chameides

If you like gum, perhaps sugar-free gum is part of your strategy for shedding some pounds while still enjoying some sweet masticating. But there may be a chemical downside to sugar-free gum. A downside that comes from the many chemicals that substitute for sugar.

The Most Terrifying Foods In The World

Posted 10.11.2013 | Taste

GMOs? Artificial sweeteners? Cheap hamburgers?

Does the Fizz in Soda Add to Our Sugar Cravings?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 11.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Adding fizz to sweet water, researchers suspected, doesn't just make soda taste good, it also might play tricks on our mind.

Your Brain Knows The Difference Between Sugar And Artificial Sweeteners, Study Suggests

Posted 09.23.2013 | Healthy Living

Your brain's reward system knows the difference between artificial sweeteners and sugar, suggests a new study in mice. The study's researchers, from t...

7 Steps To Break Free Of A Sugar Addiction

Kristin Kirkpatrick, M.S., R.D., L.D. | Posted 11.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Kristin Kirkpatrick, M.S., R.D., L.D.

While most of us know that sugar is not the best substance to load our body with, many individuals struggle with tactics in actually breaking free of their addiction to sugar -- and yes, it can truly be an addiction.

Seeking Longevity? Eat Real Food

Andy Bellatti | Posted 11.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Andy Bellatti

While these healthful groups of people may appear to have widely different diets, there is one common thread: Their intake of processed foods, added sugars, trans fats, and artificial ingredients is minimal, if at all existent.

Diet Foods You Should Ditch For The Real Thing

Posted 07.19.2013 | OWN

By Corrie Pikul Think you're choosing a healthier option? Think again. As a reminder, always consult your doctor for medical advice and tre...

PHOTOS: 12 Sweeteners You Should Know

The Huffington Post | Rachel Tepper | Posted 07.17.2013 | Healthy Living

A century ago, sweets got their treacly punch from ingredients like honey, molasses or even table sugar. Today, a glance at the ingredients on the pac...

Diet Soda May Be Worse For You Than Regular Soda

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 07.11.2013 | Healthy Living

Diet soda may seem like a far healthier alternative to regular pop, but a new study warns that this may not be the case at all. In fact, according...

Coke Announces First Stevia-Sweetened Cola

The Huffington Post | Rachel Tepper | Posted 06.28.2013 | Healthy Living

Coca-Cola announced on Wednesday plans to sell the company's first stevia-sweetened Coke product, Coca-Cola Life, in Argentina beginning this week. ...