They seem like a real thing but scientists have done experiments and found they’re actually a myth.
The evidence is clear: a tax on sugary drinks would reduce consumption. All that’s needed is political leadership that prioritises health above the profits.
South Sea Islander children in Queensland, around 1902-05.
Queensland State Library
Australia’s use of Pacific Islander workers in the late 19th century was part of a much bigger story of British sugar barons and the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
20th-century fad diets didn’t look all that different from those popular today.
Black licorice gets its distinctive flavor from licorice root.
Who knew that black licorice had a dark side? A scientist explains when this treat becomes a threat.
We looked at 37 studies which show eating ultra-processed foods is bad for our health. So why are we eating more of them than ever before?
Government should be held accountable for its role in addressing obesity and diet-related diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, in South Africa.
The food industry’s tactics are designed to reduce the likelihood of the government adopting global recommendations to tackle obesity.
An illustration of a sugar plantation in Antigua.
The British Library
A scholar of slavery in the British Empire describes the first boycott against sugar made with slave labor in the West Indies.
Lorne sugar plantation in Mackay, 1874.
State Library Queensland
As the American Civil War interrupted cotton production, plantation owners looked to the new colony of Queensland.
By the 17th century, wealthy Britons were already experiencing the delights of expensive sugar confections.
The story of the growth of Britain’s sugar trade can tell us a lot about the development of capitalism and the slave trade.
Carbonation and flavors are all that go into most seltzers.
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Bubbly waters are becoming increasingly popular. While these carbonated, sometimes flavored beverages might cause slight harm to teeth, they are far better than soda. They might even be good for you.
We’re hardwired to love sweet things, but too much sugar is leading to an increase in type 2 diabetes. Here’s what individuals and policymakers can do cut our collective sugar intake.
Researchers investigated 212 commercially available infant formula milk products on sale in 11 countries.
2020 Australian of the Year James Muecke has called for a tax on sugary drinks – and the evidence is behind him.
Myths that taxes on sugary drinks unfairly disadvantage the poor and will result in job losses don’t hold up. Here’s what the evidence says.
If one of your goals is to drink more water this year, then make sure you read this.
Sweet and toil.
After several decades in which many housewives turned their backs on slave sugar, it suddenly made a comeback.
Bet you can’t eat just one.
Everyone knows it’s hard to stop eating potato chips or chocolate chip cookies. New research shows why: Certain combinations of fat, sodium, sugar or carbohydrates make them irresistible.
We love junk food.
Many argue the key to helping low-income Americans eat healthier is eliminating food deserts. A new study suggests this doesn’t help.
The average Canadian adult consumes more than triple the daily limit of 25g added sugar recommended by the World Health Organization.
Sugar triggers dopamine “hits” in the brain, making us crave more of it. Sugar also disrupts memory formation.
Corporations misused evidence to manipulate health policy.
We found that evidence cited by three organisations - a big corporate and two industry lobby groups - was either not evidence at all, or had been twisted to suit the industry’s narrative.