New Roundup: The health effects of eating too much sugar


Given that most Americans are eating too much sugar, we are starting to see more press about the negative health effects of a high sugar diet and ways to reduce sugar consumption.

This week’s News Roundup brings you a collection of articles and blog posts related to the health risks of eating too much sugar.

What Eating 40 Teaspoons of Sugar a Day Can Do to You.The New York Times. “[the film] came about because I was noticing how much conflicting press there was about sugar. I’d read one article one day saying it’s toxic and poisonous. Then, the next day, I’d see an article saying it’s fine and we need it for energy. I thought the only way to find out the truth was to do an experiment and assemble a team of doctors and scientists.”

High sugar consumption among children relates to poor family functioning, study finds.  EurekaAlert. “The report shows that children from more functional families were 67 per cent less likely to consume more than four intakes of sugary foods and drinks a day, compared with children from less functional families. Effective family functioning is a safeguard against the well-known negative impact of lower levels of education in relation to sugar consumption".

Salt vs. sugar, a nutrition battle royale. Boston Globe. “Last month the US Food and Drug Administration issued recommendations that Americans drastically curb the amount of added sugar they consume. If approved, new nutrition labels will declare that added sugar should not exceed 10 percent of an adult’s total daily calories. “Added sugars” would appear below the line where “sugars” are now listed in grams on the familiar labels. “I think this is a continued step in the right direction. The better step would be to mandate reduction of total added sugars…But I guess this is a baby step — meaning education of how much sugar is in foods and drinks and letting the consumer make the decision”, says Dr. Caroline Apovian, director of the Nutrition and Weight Management Center at Boston Medical Center.”

In The Search For The Perfect Sugar Substitute, Another Candidate Emerges.  NPR. “…there's also good reason to be careful with low-calorie sugar substitutes like allulose. The same quality that makes them attractive can also make them quite unpleasant. Our bodies don't digest them, they travel right through the small intestine and get into the large bowel."



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