Sugar influences brain reward circuitry in ways similar to those observed when addictive drugs are consumed, researchers from Aarhus University have found. “There is no doubt that sugar has several physiological effects, and there are many reasons why it is not healthy. But I have been in doubt of the effects sugar has on our… Read more

Young teens who spend more time with TV and electronic devices drink more sugared or caffeinated drinks than their peers, indicates a a study of U.S. teens led by researchers from McMaster University. The results are concerning because many of these teenagers exceed recommended levels of both sugar and caffeine. “There is a trend towards… Read more

High levels of fructose in the diet inhibit the liver’s ability to properly metabolize fat, researchers at Joslin Diabetes Center have found[1]. The effect is specific to fructose. Equally high levels of glucose in the diet actually improve the fat-burning function of the liver. This explains why high dietary fructose has more negative health impacts… Read more

Fructose, a sugar found in fruit, is processed mainly in the small intestine, not in the liver as had previously been suspected, Princeton University researchers report. Sugary drinks and processed high-sugar foods overwhelm the small intestine and spill into the liver for processing. Additionally, the study found that the ability of the small intestine to… Read more

The relationship between sugar and cancer has been made clearer by new research from Belgian scientists. The nine-year joint research project, undertaken by Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology, has led to a new understanding of how the Warburg effect, a phenomenon in which cancer cells rapidly break down… Read more