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Most of us love chocolates, but child labor has been found involved in some of the production. Jupiterimages/ The Image Bank via Getty Images

Some chocolate has a dark side to it – child labor

An anthropologist writes that despite best efforts, there is no guarantee that children may not have been exploited in the production process of chocolate.
Mansa Musa, the king of Mali, approached by a Berber on camelback, from The Catalan Atlas, 1375. Attributed to Abraham Cresques/Bibliothèque Nationale de France/Wikimedia Commons

Book review: how Africa was central to the making of the modern world

Born in Blackness by Howard W. French is a towering work. It argues that, because of gold and slavery, Africa is central to creating the modern world.
A diet high in sugary foods can affect brain development in children. carlosgaw/iStock via Getty Images Plus

How does excess sugar affect the developing brain throughout childhood and adolescence? A neuroscientist who studies nutrition explains

Kids often crave processed sugary foods. But research shows that consuming too many treats during childhood and adolescence may lead to behavioral and emotional problems.
Most candy is basically just a heap of sugar. Atlantide Phototravel/Corbis Documentary via Getty Images

How much candy do Americans eat in a whole year?

A healthy diet can include some candy. But if you eat too much, it can interfere with your appetite for the stuff your body actually needs.
Sugar is just one of many flavor enhancers people and companies use to sweeten foods and beverages. Marie LaFauci/Moment via Getty Images

What’s the difference between sugar, other natural sweeteners and artificial sweeteners? A food chemist explains sweet science

Just because something is sweet doesn’t necessarily mean it is sugary. There are a number of molecules that taste sweet. To understand how and why takes a little bit of chemistry.
There are dozens of options for children’s drinks in most supermarkets. Choosing the healthy options is difficult. ferrantraite/E+ via Getty Images

Companies are pushing sweetened drinks to children through advertising and misleading labels – and families are buying

A new study looked at advertising and purchase data for children’s drinks and suggests that ads and pricing strategies contribute to sweetened children’s drink purchases.

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