Tagged as Sugar

“Stress has become such the new normal for me that I don’t know how to -not -feel stressed,” a friend recently confessed. “It’s almost like if I didn’t have a zillion things to worry about, my mind would start creating stressful thoughts.” - She’s not alone. Relationships, kids, and finances become major stressors for just about everyone. So does maintaining steady employment. One study found increased...
December 28, 2021
There’s been a lot of discussion on the war on drugs over my lifetime. In 1971, President Nixon actually declared the “war on drugs.” In the 1980s President Reagan took it up a notch, with an unprecedented expansion of resources to “save America.” Considered a public health crisis of epidemic proportions, in 1992 President Clinton pushed for treatment funding. You’d think drugs are the leading cause...
November 20, 2021
If you haven’t heard of kombucha, get your wow face on! It’s a fermented tea that’s loaded with probiotics, a tangy great taste, and can be sweetened with fruits or combined with other superfoods such as algae to have even more health benefits. Because the kombucha is fermented, it’s carbonated so it has that fizziness you love just like soda. Here’s why you replace soda with kombucha. It’s Healthier!...
November 15, 2021
You've probably been there. You're doing everything correctly, yet you can't ditch that refuse-to-vacate excess weight, and it's driving you crazy. I coined the term "weight loss resistance" for folks who do everything correctly yet can't consistently lose a couple of pounds a week. Numerous obstacles underlie weight loss resistance, from sleep deprivation to chronic stress to hormonal imbalances. I'll...
September 22, 2021
Agave, honey, coconut sugar, and maple syrup are all marketed as healthier alternatives to table sugar and other added sugars, such as high-fructose corn syrup and evaporated cane juice. Is there any truth to those claims? - Here are the facts. Alternative sweeteners, just like conventional sweeteners, add little nutritional value and contain substantial calories. Since some natural sweeteners undergo...
September 11, 2021
I have noticed that more and more businesses keep a small bowl of candy in reception areas and on countertops. They are practically becoming part of the décor. The other day, while waiting for my hairstylist, a woman marched over to the obligatory bowl of candy, snatched up a fistful of candy and announced, “I need some sugar!” She was not a diabetic in distress; she was not faint from not eating. She...
August 24, 2021
Many experts link drinking too many sugar-sweetened beverages to weight gain and related conditions such as type 2 diabetes. But do diet drinks made with -artificial sweeteners- also contribute? A recent study showed that consuming artificially sweetened beverages with carbohydrates could boost our risk of insulin resistance, but not at all in the way the researchers thought they would. Artificial...
August 10, 2020
Alzheimer's disease is the -most common form of dementia. While a single direct cause is still not entirely known, there are some things scientists are learning that may aid in the prevention. Sugary snacks, starchy foods and processed meats aren’t the healthiest options. But could these foods also increase your Alzheimer's risk? - The Apparent Sugar and Alzheimer's Link - Consuming too much sugar...
July 13, 2020
Sugar can be downright divine. Just thinking about all the sinful, sticky, gooey possibilities can get our mouths watering. Humans and animals alike are -programmed- to love the sweet stuff, but too much of it may trigger a nasty spiral that can be difficult to escape. Excessive sugar consumption can cause changes to the brain similar to those caused by drug addiction, leading to cravings, binges and...
July 1, 2020
You would be hard pressed to find a person who is not aware of the dangers of too much sugar.  Warnings are given pretty much anywhere you turn and yet, Americans on average consume 153 grams of sugar a day. That is the equivalent of 6 chocolate bars, or more than a quarter pounder made completely out of sugar. That places the U.S. among the world’s top consumers of sugar, at approximately 123 pounds...
May 6, 2020