Our grocery stores are increasingly filled with ultra-processed foods, which have little to no nutritional value and a huge environmental impact.
Ultra-processed foods are bad for our health and our planet and must be central to any efforts to reduce our carbon emissions, and waistlines.
A quick energy source or a temporary relief from discomfort? Here’s what drives our food preferences when we’re sick.
Research on possible links between aspartame consumption and cancer is ongoing and far from conclusive.
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An expert panel found a potential association with liver cancer, but too little research exists to assume a causal connection. For now, the WHO left current consumption guidelines unchanged.
Reports have indicated the artificial sweetener aspartame will be classified as ‘possibly carcinogenic to humans’ by the WHO. Here’s what that means – and doesn’t mean.
Researchers are increasingly learning that early diet can shape taste preferences but that our taste buds can also be trained to prefer healthier foods.
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Research is clear that what we eat can drive our test preferences as early as 2 years of age.
Most modern bread is produced using a method called the Chorleywood process.
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Bread may be defined as an ‘ultra-processed food’ – but that doesn’t mean you need to stop eating it.
Here’s what the new WHO guidelines mean for people who have switched to artificial sweeteners for health reasons.
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Indonesians are consuming more and more processed foods, including sugary drinks, salty snacks, junk food, and unhealthy fats. These changes take a toll on people’s health, as well as the environment…
By reflecting on sugar’s origins, we can trace the pathways that have made this commodity so abundant.
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By reflecting on the violent origins of the Canadian sugar industry, we can bring wider attention to the exploitation underpinning the history of Canadian cuisine.
Surprisingly, even packaged foods that contain healthy components can qualify as ultra-processed.
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Researchers are trying to understand whether ultraprocessed foods erode brain health in the aging process.
‘Free sugars’ should only make up 10% of children’s diets. But Australian toddlers are eating 11% sugar on average.
Newfoundland and Labrador has implemented a tax of 20 cents per litre on sugary drinks.
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Taxation of sugar-sweetened drinks is not only inequitable, but also has the potential to create or perpetuate weight stigma, which has negative effects on mental and physical health.
Salty french fries may taste good, but they just contribute to dehydration and obesity.
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Studies show that most people who are overweight or obese are also chronically dehydrated.
There is more sugar and other sweeteners in our food and drinks globally than a decade ago, with manufacturers prioritising healthier options in richer countries.
People with ADHD may tend to only eat a specific food or meal before eventually growing tired of it.
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Binge eating or hyperfixating on certain foods may be common in people with ADHD.
Most of us love chocolates, but child labor has been found involved in some of the production.
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An anthropologist writes that despite best efforts, there is no guarantee that children may not have been exploited in the production process of chocolate.
Maple syrup contains bioactive molecules whose benefits go far beyond the simple pleasure of a sweet treat.
Apart from being a jewel of Canada’s culinary heritage, maple syrup has a complex chemical constitution.
A one-litre carton contains the equivalent of one small potato.
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Potato milk may not be the most nutritious plant-based alternative – but it still has some benefits.
Alcoholic drinks have high levels of sugar that could be driving up people’s weight.
English Quakers on a Barbados plantation.
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Eighteenth-century Quakers attempted to align their religious beliefs with what they purchased. These Quakers led some of the early campaigns against sugar being produced by enslaved people.