There is no such thing as a sugar rush


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.

The results — which were published in June in the journal Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews — come from a meta-analysis of 31 published studies involving almost 1,300 people. A team of European researchers sought to understand the effect of sugar on people’s moods, including anger, alertness, depression, and fatigue. Overall, they wanted to know how does this carbohydrate impact both the way people feel in terms of pleasure, as well as cognitive ability and sharpness.

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Researchers develop laser device that may end pin pricks for diabetics

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New laser device allows researchers to read blood sugar levels without a blood sample.

Researchers at Princeton University have developed a way to use a laser to measure people’s blood sugar, and, with more work to shrink the laser system to a portable size, the technique could allow diabetics to check their condition without pricking their fingers to draw blood.

Sugar battery could soon be powering your electronics

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A demonstration of two sugar biobatteries connected in a series to power a digital clock.

Almost all living cells break down sugar to produce energy. Researchers at Virginia Tech say they have developed a battery that can store the most energy for its weight using sugar as a fuel source by mimicking what plants and animals do naturally..



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Availability of sugar raises prevalence of diabetes: Study

Obesity isn’t driving the worldwide pandemic of Type 2 diabetes as much as the rising consumption of sugar — largely in the form of sweetened sodas.

A worldwide analysis has shown that regardless of sugars effect on obesity, the ebb and flow of sugar in a country’s diet strongly influences the diabetes rate there.




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One soft drink a day raises heart attack risk in men by 20%: Study

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The body may compensate for the sugar rush of soft drinks by making its own supply of fats.

Men who drink only one sugar-laden soft drink every day could be dramatically increasing the odds of having a heart attack. A study of more than 40,000 men suggested that a daily sugar-sweetened drink raised the chances of having a heart attack – including a deadly one – by 20 per cent.

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Researchers say sugar should be regulated as a toxin


Sugar and other sweeteners are so toxic to the human body that they should be regulated as strictly as alcohol by governments worldwide, according to researchers.

A spoonful of sugar might make the medicine go down. But it also makes blood pressure and cholesterol go up, along with your risk for liver failure, obesity, heart disease and diabetes.

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Teens, young men consume way more sugary drinks than recommended limits

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Men aged 20 to 39 consumed 252 calories a day from beverages containing added sugar.

Almost half of the population drinks a sugar-sweetened beverage on any given day.  But teenagers and young men consuming way more than recommended limits for staying healthy.


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Scientists develop ‘electronic tongue’ to rival sommeliers in wine tasting

wine tasting

The ‘electronic tongue’ may have a commercial use and could eventually replace the teams of experts needed in each bodega.

Spanish scientists have developed an “electronic tongue” that promises to rival the work of the traditional sommelier and identify different grades of the Spanish sparkling wine, cava. The electronic device has been developed by the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB) and uses electronic sensory systems with “advanced mathematical procedures” to analyse different varieties of the Catalan alternative to champagne according to taste.

Spoonful of Sugar Can Help the Medicine Go Down – Sugar Improves Effectiveness of Antibiotics


Antibiotics made more effective with sugar.

A spoonful of sugar, it seems, can do more than help the medicine go down – it can also help make it work.  Sugar can improve the effectiveness of antibiotics against infections, according to researchers.


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Sugar Sues High Fructose Corn Syrup


Sugar and High Fructose Corn Syrup The Same Thing? No? It’s about the lesser of two evils, isn’t it?
But when push comes to shove, how different is sugar from high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)?

The Western Sugar Cooperative is claiming that the two are in fact very different. It recently filed suit against sugar refiners for misleading consumers in calling HFCS corn sugar, according to the Des Moines Register and as discussed on Food Politics. “The lawsuit names as defendants Archer Daniels Midland Co., Cargill Inc., and other major corn syrup processors as well as the Corn Refiners Association.”

So, is it fair to call HFCS sugar? Not according to the Western Sugar Cooperative…

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