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What research has to say about the risks and benefits of aspartame and other ‘fake sugars’

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Why drink a soda packed with nearly 40 grams of sugar when there’s a sugar-free alternative that tastes just as sweet? Given the health risks of a diet high in sugar — experts say consuming too much can pave the way for numerous health problems, from tooth decay to an increased rate of mortality from heart disease — it’s not surprising that 41% of American adults report consuming at least one artificially sweetened food or drink daily.


An apple has as much sugar as a candy bar. Why is the apple’s sugar okay?

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Science is clear that consuming too much sugar comes with some significant risks: A high-sugar diet contributes to health issues like obesity, diabetes, tooth decay, and even heart disease. Other research suggests that consuming too much sugar can lead to an increased risk for cancer, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, and cognitive decline.


An ‘addict’ seeks help from a new 14-day system

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I used to see personal trainer Harley Pasternak at a coffee shop in Los Angeles, where he always performed a magic trick. He bought a chocolate chip cookie, ate half, and threw the rest away. It was a feat of willpower I could only aspire to. One day, I thought, I will traipse the globe rationing a perfect amount of pleasure with a half of a croissant in Paris, a half of a slice of Linzer torte in Vienna, a half of a churro in Mexico City.


Scientists are debunking the link to hyperactivity

Contrary to decades of popular belief (and anecdotal evidence from generations of parents), a new study has found that there is no such thing as a sugar rush. That’s right. The sugar rush is a myth. Rather than making people feel energized and hyped, the new research suggests eating sweet foods actually causes people to experience the opposite: fatigue and a lack of alertness.

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