Researchers are divided over whether diet soda helps people lose weight. Swapping sugary drinks for diet drinks may condition the body to expect calories, which makes people feel hungrier.
Spread the word! Soda rots our teeth, makes us fat, fattens our livers, blocks our arteries, and raises our blood pressure. It may also interfere with our fertility.
Table sugar has been plentiful in American diets since the 20th century. Before then, it was an expensive condiment known as “white gold.”
Names for Sugar and Other Added Sweeteners in Food
One caveat – naturally-occurring sugars are found in some foods. For example, milk and fruit both contain naturally occurring sugars. It’s added sugar that’s the culprit.
Sattar points out that eating whole fruit is associated with a reduced (or neutral) risk of diabetes, but drinking fruit juice is associated with an increased risk.
When it comes to sugar, cupcakes and cookies are obvious diet derailers. The real saboteurs of healthy eating however are sneaky sources of the sweet stuff, which in a day of meals and snacks can add up to serious trouble — especially if you’re among the 25.8 million Americans who suffer from diabetes.
Sugar is added to many food products, but the largest source of added sugar we consume is in sugar-sweetened drinks.
A new study from researchers at the prestigious Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden looked at whether sugary drinks increase the risk of a stroke.
How can schools teach and promote a nutrition and health curriculum and then turn around and use food so inappropriately?