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California Invasion: Rally to Fight Big Soda


Rory McKernan and CrossFit are rallying people to fight the soda companies in a new video on YouTube. It’s intense. And full of truth bombs.

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Placing a Cap on Americans’ Consumption of Added Sugar


The Food and Drug Administration has finally decided to put a cap on daily sugar intake for Americans. The recommendation will be for a maximum of 10 percent of calories, meaning no more than 12.5 teaspoons of sugar per day.

NYT: Placing a Cap on Americans’ Consumption of Added Sugar

Some people worry about the consequences of recommending less sugar:

But even enthusiastic supporters of the new rules worry that a cap on sugar could boomerang. Sugar is often used to make reduced-fat dairy and high-fiber grains more palatable, so what would happen if people eliminated sugar from their diet?

Personally I can’t quite see the problem.

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US Premiere of the Movie Sugar Coated – Watch It Online

Today is the US premiere of Sugar Coated. It’s an “eye-opening feature documentary that examines the various tactics of the sugar industry that have many health experts calling sugar the new tobacco”. And it features people like Gary Taubes and Dr. Robert Lustig. Should be interesting.

Press info

Watch the trailer above. If you live in the USA, United Kingdom, South Africa or Australia you can watch the movie online as Video on Demand.


The Sugar Ghost: An Ingredient That Haunts Our Food and Threatens Our Children

Well worth reading from Gunhild A. Stordalen:

This Saturday, children from Norway to New Jersey travelled from house to house in scary costumes for Halloween. Asking for “trick or treat,” kids everywhere frightened their parents — not just with their outfits, but with the mountains of chocolates and sweets they returned home to eat.

Every parent will have worried that their child ate too much sugar last week. But what’s really scary is not the quantity of candy a child consumes during this annual event. The real “threat” is all the sugar that has sneaked into the child’s normal diet the remaining 364 days throughout the year. Halloween may be an annual event, but sugar consumption by our children is perennial.

If you weren’t scared by trick-or-treaters on Saturday, try this; the explosive growth in child obesity is one of the greatest threats to public health in this century. Continue Reading →

Huffington Post: The Sugar Ghost: An Ingredient That Haunts Our Food and Threatens Our Children

I especially enjoyed the end of the article, listing signs of real progress being made. Like IKEA recently deciding to cut sugar from their drink towers in half, and replace sodas with fruit water. And the effective Mexican soda tax, something that many other countries have already introduced or are contemplating.

Big Sugar is about to lose this fight. And the biggest winners are our children.

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How Much Sugar Are You Feeding Your Family without Even Knowing It?

Daily Sugar Intake

A typical British family was asked to record their food and drink intake for a week to see how much sugar they eat every day. The results show a much higher intake than what’s recommended – between two to four times as much. Most of the sugar they consume is hidden in “normal” foods.

The British Dietetic Association’s dietitian Aisling Pigott comments on the results:

“I think the Botterills’ diet is fairly typical and actually, the amount of sugar in what they eat is quite similar to the UK average consumption”

Mirror: How Much Sugar are You Feeding your Family Without Even Knowing It?

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Footballers and Olympic Athletes Have Bad Teeth – Here’s Why

English football players have “worryingly poor” teeth, according to a new study. Four out of ten have cavities and they often have worse teeth than the general population, despite otherwise being in good physical shape.

The most probable reason is said to be “frequent consumption of sugary or acidic foods”, e.g. sports drinks and other junk food marketed to athletes.

BBC: Footballers have ‘worryingly poor’ teeth

Interestingly, previous research has shown the same thing – “striking” levels of bad teeth – in athletes competing at the London 2012 Olympic Games. An event that was shamelessly and massively sponsored by Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Cadbury’s chocolate.

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How One of the Most Obese Countries on Earth Took on the Soda Giants


Almost a year after Mexico introduced a tax on sugary drinks, other countries look to Mexico to see the effects of the law, and several have already followed suit (including Chile and Barbados).

The road to a tax on soda was long and winding. A fight between the soda companies and the government headed by President Enrique Peña Nieto, which still goes on today. Here’s an interesting – and very long – article on it:

The Guardian: How One of the Most Obese Countries on Earth Took On the Soda Giants

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Another Article of Hidden Sugars in Everyday Foods


Are you and your family eating healthy? Or are you, unknowingly, chomping down the sugar equivalent of 215 doughnuts a week? That’s what Antonia Hoyle’s family did.

Daily Mail: My ‘healthy’ family are eating the equivalent of 215 Krispy Kreme doughnuts every WEEK: One mother discovers the shocking amount of sugar her children actually eat after keeping a meal diary

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New Study: Cutting Sugar and NOT Calories Improves Kids’ Health in Just 10 Days!

Sorry Coca-Cola, and all other calorie fundamentalists, out there. The evidence is in and it’s NOT just about energy balance. Sugar appears to actually be toxic in itself.

More and more people have long suspected that sugar is one of the main drivers of the obesity epidemic, and the diseases related to it, like type 2 diabetes. Lots of studies point in that direction. But it’s a hard thing to definitely prove. A new study published today strengthens the argument considerably.

The study had 43 kids with obesity and metabolic syndrome eat less sugar for just 10 days. Importantly, they had an equal amount of calories, the only difference was that the fructose from sugar was replaced with starch.

The result was improvement in just about all factors connected to metabolic syndrome: better blood pressure, better blood sugar, way lower insulin, even without any effect on weight. All this by reducing sugar and NOT calories, for just 10 days.

The story is all over the media today:

The study:

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