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Perils of a Sugar-Coated Scapegoat

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.04.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Excess dietary sugar is harmful, and among the salient liabilities of the modern food supply. Sugar is not poison, however. And yes, I think the distinction matters enough to keep fighting for it. Here's why.

Why Bloomberg Is Right

Alec Baldwin | Posted 08.01.2012 | New York
Alec Baldwin

I think Mayor Michael Bloomberg is right. At least in spirit. Food is a drug. At least in the way it is marketed today, which is significantly different from when I grew up. As a child, sweets were referred to as "treats," and were dispensed far more judiciously than they are today. Now, Americans are obese, and in some areas of high concentration, morbidly obese, in numbers that are sapping the treasuries of the fifty states, undercutting U.S. competitiveness, and leaving this country vulnerable to a set of long-term health crises that we will struggle to overcome, if ever. All the while, millions will die unnecessarily simply because they fell victim to the marketing of unhealthy dietary choices. Whether you think an elitist, billionaire New Yorker has any business blocking your path to the soda fountain is one issue. His motives, however, are unquestionable.

An Answer to Your Question: How I Really Went Off Sugar

Rick Foster | Posted 07.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Rick Foster

An article I read about sugar induced a fearful epiphany. I hadn't been previously aware of the metabolic disturbances and other frightening impacts of sugar on my body. Thus, fear became the spark that ignited a major life change, which I'm enjoying to this day.

Sweet Nothings? Sugar Substitutes and Weight Gain

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 07.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

When man tampered with nature and uncoupled the sweetness sensory signal from caloric load, a pairing that we adjusted to for thousands of generations, our capacity to know when we had enough was eradicated.

Carbohydrates: To Use Or Abuse?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 07.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

Facts won't make you achieve the ideal figure, a healthy heart, or freedom from aging and disease.  Life isn't a puzzle with many pieces that need to fit where they belong. Life is an unfolding process, and it's your choice to make that process into one of continuous evolution.

Does Sugar Make You Dumb?

Posted 05.16.2012 | Healthy Living

We all know that a high-sugar diet can lead to weight gain, insulin resistance, hyperactivity in children and a host of other health problems. And, ac...

Sugar Babies: The Rise Of 'Adult Onset' Diabetes In Children

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 07.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

What are you doing in your home, your family, in your schools and communities to end the attack on our children and our nation's future? We have the power to take back our health.

Are Black Women Obese Because We Want to Be?

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 07.08.2012 | Women
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

African-American women must not be reluctant to discuss the issue of obesity if we are to address the health disparities that make us, and the children for whom we are primary caretakers, live sicker and shorter lives.

Toil, or Tirade? Hard Truths About Hype

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.26.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Tirades are, by their very nature, apt to gain a lot of attention and "go viral." They are dramatic. They are extreme, provocative, and full of intrigue. Hype sells. Unfortunately, much of the time -- it is wrong.

Earth Week is for Mothers

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff | Posted 06.25.2012 | Parents
Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff

Earth Week started Sunday and there's nothing more powerful than moms doing their part for the Earth.

U.S. To Investigate 'Slave-Like Conditions' In Sugar Industry

AP | EZEQUIEL ABIU LOPEZ | Posted 04.24.2012 | World

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- The U.S. government is looking into allegations that Dominican sugar growers use child labor and keep workers in ...

Can Bananas Save Your Life?

Anneli Rufus | Posted 06.23.2012 | Food
Anneli Rufus

A new study suggests that eating three bananas a day could cut your risk of having a stroke by 21 percent.

10 Health Mistakes You're Making Right Now Because You Think You're Too Busy

Brazen Life | Posted 06.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Brazen Life

If your career is central to your life and you can't afford to be sick, get your diet on track and follow some simple rules.

WATCH: Tim Allen Discusses Life As A 'Grandpa-Dad'

Posted 05.23.2012 | Fifty

Actor Tim Allen, 58, star of ABC's "Last Man Standing," recently sat down with Jay Leno, and the subject immediately turned to fatherhood. The actor h...

8 Foods With More Sugar Than A Twinkie

The Huffington Post | Sarah Klein | Posted 04.13.2012 | Healthy Living

In February, McDonald's oatmeal was "outed" for having more sugar than a Snickers bar, despite being marketed as a "healthier" breakfast option than s...

Still Sour: Sugar Politics vs. Health and the Economy

Steve Heilig | Posted 06.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Steve Heilig

The sugar status quo is increasingly bitter, rather than sweet. But it's profitable for some folks, even if others have to pay, and thus change seems long in coming. I suspect that eventually, however, good sense will win out here.

Five Ways To Satisfy A Sweet Tooth In Under 15 Minutes

Small Kitchen College | Posted 08.31.2012 | Taste
Small Kitchen College

Even if dessert is not usually your jam, you know what it's like to have a sweets craving. The need for sweets is real and unavoidable, and it often hits when there isn't much time to be spent slaving over a soufflé.

60 Minutes Gets It Right That Sugar Is Addictive and May Be Killing You

John R. Talbott | Posted 06.02.2012 | Healthy Living
John R. Talbott

If you are skeptical by nature, you may have thought the segment last night claiming sugar was toxic was some kind of April Fool's joke. Certainly, you thought the scientists appearing on the show were overreacting in saying that sugar might be addictive. Let me tell you, they weren't.

Is There Hidden Sugar in Your Child's Diet?

Michael Feigin, M.S., C.S.C.S. | Posted 03.20.2012 | Parents
Michael Feigin, M.S., C.S.C.S.

What happens when it turns out that one of those "healthy" buzz words is actually packing more sugar than you know what to do with?

Kick the Can

Laurie David | Posted 05.13.2012 | Food
Laurie David

In the midst of an epidemic that threatens to kill far too many of our kids, we appeal to the common sense and decency of our celebrities and ask them -- no, beg them -- to stop accepting soda and sugary drink endorsements.

You're Probably Going To Be Paying More For This

AP | Posted 03.08.2012 | Food

ROME -- International food prices have risen for the second time in two months, a U.N. agency said Thursday blaming bad weather in major exporting cou...

On Display: The Health Effects Of Eating Too Much Sugar

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.05.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We need to know that we consume too much sugar and that it does us harm because, ostensibly, knowledge is power. In that spirit, we in public health have cause to welcome some important new allies to the mission of advancing health through better nutrition: museums.

Day Twelve: Oatmeal -- Breakfast Recipe of Contented Valentines

Suzanne O'Malley | Posted 06.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Suzanne O'Malley

We all have excuses for not eating healthy foods. My oatmeal excuses are endless: it tastes bad; takes too long to make; is mushy; and makes the hardest dish to wash ever if you don't rinse it right away. But then I discovered that most box cereals have the nutritional value of a Twinkie.

The Not So Sweet News About Sugar

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.09.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Even if we were to isolate sugar as public health enemy number one, its regulation would draw us into challenging subtleties.

Finding Health in the Theme of Memes

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.07.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Unlike genes, over which we do not have true mastery and are unlikely to any time soon, memes are of our own devising. We have the means to make them do what we want.