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.
Mansa Musa, the king of Mali, approached by a Berber on camelback, from The Catalan Atlas, 1375.
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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.
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Ripe berries and sugar crystals are both sweet, but one offers much more than just calories.
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Sugar gets a bad rap, but exactly which sugar is meant? Nutrient-dense sweet ripe fruits are a far cry from refined table sugar – and their differences can have big health implications.
Harvesting on a Louisiana sugar plantation, 1875.
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Sugar has deep links with slavery in the US, but Black workers weren’t the only ones affected. In post-Civil War Louisiana, Chinese workers also toiled cutting and processing cane.
The enslaved people who produced sugar before the Civil War did dangerous and grueling work.
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Before the Civil War, US activists sought to combat slavery through sugar boycotts. Instead, consumption grew.
A diet high in sugary foods can affect brain development in children.
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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.
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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.
Avoiding or reducing added sugar in your child’s diet can be tricky.
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Children who are fed diets high in added sugars are more likely than children with lower sugar intakes to have a number of negative health consequences as they develop.
Being able to perceive sweetness can guide foragers to the most calorie-rich picks.
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If you ever feel like you can’t stop eating sugar, you are responding precisely as programmed by natural selection. What was once an evolutionary advantage has a different effect today.
Sugar is just one of many flavor enhancers people and companies use to sweeten foods and beverages.
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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.
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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.
British Columbia introduced a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in April.
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B.C. recently began taxing sugary drinks. Examples from Europe show the scientific basis for taxing unhealthy foods may have little impact on whether these taxes are adopted or remain in place.
Sugar is added to many different foods.
The negative effects are likely caused by the same mechanisms behind why sugar makes us feel so good.