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Is there evidence that eating too much sugar can increase the risk of diabetes?

High consumption of sugar can up the risk of diabetes, but it is not the only contributing factor. There have been studies that have shown that sugar-sweetened drinks (mainly soda) have increased the ...
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Does sugar cause children to become hyperactive?

This is a hot topic, and I don’t think there is a firm consensus in the child psychiatry world about the answer. I think a good summary of the literature would leave you with: X, Y, and Z studies ...
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Why is natural sugar healthier than refined sugar?

These are some reasons: Free sugars contribute to the overall energy density of diets. [1] Free sugars promote a positive energy balance. (= excess of energy intake) [1] Drinks that are rich in ...
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Why is natural sugar healthier than refined sugar?

To directly answer your question: it is not. "Natural" sugar is no healthier than "refined" sugar, and sugar in fruits is no healthier than sugar in juice. Sugar molecules are ...
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What are the most common sources of added sugars?

The best way to avoid added sugars is to look at the ingredients list for the following items. This list is not complete, but I've organized it into categories to make it easier to remember and draw ...
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Is brown sugar better than white for diabetes?

Type 1 and Type 2 diabetic patients can eat sugar under specific conditions. White and brown sugar are pretty much identical (from a "diabetic" viewpoint) and they respectively have a Glycemic Index ...
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How do artificial sweeteners affect weight loss?

There has been a lot of debate over the topic of artificial sweeteners and weight loss. Some studies say that artificial sweeteners do promote weight loss, while others argue the complete opposite, ...
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Why is the percentage of daily value for sugar omitted on US Nutrition Facts labels?

According to the FDA website, no daily reference value has been established for sugars because no recommendations have been made for the total amount of sugar to eat in a day. Keep in mind that the ...
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Which are the effects of removing sugars from a balanced diet for an otherwise healthy person

Firstly, removing all added sugars from you diet certainly will improve your general health in the long term due to the decreased risk of diabetes: your blood glucose level will be more stable with ...
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How much sucralose does Powerade Zero contain? Why does that information not appear to be provided?

Sucralose is considered to be a non nutritive sweetener, since the body does not break down the majority of the sucralose molecule. Because of that, it's considered to be non caloric, so it won't be ...
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Is high fructose corn syrup bad for you?

Definition: The term "high fructose corn syrup" is not a good descriptor of its composition, but the term was mandated to distinguish the newly developed fructose-containing corn syrup from ...
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Are there scientific studies that support the daily usage of xylitol to prevent oral problems?

Original Answer This comes from my high-school chemistry book (in German): Hexanhexol (sorbitol) is common in apples, cherries and other fruits. The sweet taste comes from the OH-Groups within ...
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Correlation between carbonated drinks and IQ

Am I reading this right, that junk food and drinking soft drinks is correlated with higher intelligence quotient ? Does all that sugar beside its negative side effects (tooth decay, insulin highs) ...
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Can food be addictive?

Consumption of large quantities of sugar has been shown to cause a state of addictionwiki. Study from 2002 shown that excessive intake of sugar can cause signs of opioid dependence, because this kind ...
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Does having too much sugary things cause headaches?

Our body needs sugar (carbohydrates) where most of our energy comes from. When you eat sugar, it's converted into glucose and carried in the blood to different parts including brain. If you eat too ...
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Is sugar in beverages worse than sugar in solid food (i.e. candy, chocolate) with respect to diabetes type 2

I assume by "(added) sugar intake from solid foods" you mean something like, "Is higher-than-average sugar consumption from foods (separate from beverages) associated with increased risk of Type II ...
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Why does a capped cracked tooth hurt when sugar hits it?

A tooth has two parts- crown and a root. Now going from outside to inside the crown portion has 3 layers- enamel, dentin and pulp. The root has 3 layers- cementum, dentin and pulp. Reference Now among ...
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Is there evidence that eating too much sugar can increase the risk of diabetes?

Consumption of carbohydrates is necessary to sustain life and mental health. Eating or drinking carbs stresses the body both when consuming too much or too little. Today's diabetic diet do include ...
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Is eating straight sugar ok, as long as I eat it with fiber?

In whole fruits, sugar is "embedded" in the fruit, not necessary chemically, but physically. It takes some time for the digestive system to extract sugar from the fruit, which slows down its ...
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How much sugar is in my UHT Milk?

No, that is incorrect. Liters are a measure of volume but grams are a measure of weight, so you need to convert 1 liter of milk to the weight of 1 liter of milk. (Your calculations would be correct ...
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Does excessive sugar intake cause diabetes?

A common conclusion from studies is that high intake of sugars is associated with increased risk of diabetes type 2, but it is not clear if this is due to sugar intake itself or due to associated ...
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Why are the percentages next to carbohydrates and sugar not identical, while their amount in grams is?

This is due to the fact that the recommended amount of sugar and the recommended amount of total carbs is different. I'll give an example using total fat and saturated fat (because in the US, where I'...
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Is there a link between fibromyalgia and sugar intake?

The following is what I have found, which shows promise on your hypothesis. Yanmaz, at al. (2012) found an increased prevalence rate of [Fibromyalgia Syndrome] in patients with [diabetes mellitus] ...
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What are the most common sources of added sugars?

There are a lot of different sources in food products that are added sugar. High Fructose Corn Syrup - you already mentioned, but this is probably the most common added sugar Glucose - also very ...
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Can food be addictive?

Most of the studies study food addiction as a whole, because most of the biochemical mechanisms of food addiction are similar for the consumptions of sugar, refined flour, fats, caffeine and other ...
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Why is the percentage of daily value for sugar omitted on US Nutrition Facts labels?

It seems that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently added guidance for "added sugars" as a part of enhancing the existing nutrition facts label. They differentiate between &...
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Honey- Replacement of White Sugar?

Honey might be okey as long as you go the raw organic way. See «Why Consuming Honey Raw Is So Important» section. This honey is much better (from the nutrients point of view) because it has not ...
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Honey- Replacement of White Sugar?

Quote from "Toxic compounds in honey." (2014): (...) honey may contain compounds that may lead to toxicity. A compound not naturally present in honey, named 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF), may be ...
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Does excessive sugar intake cause diabetes?

A JAMA study found that women nearly doubled their diabetes risk when they increased the number of sugar-added drinks they consumed from 1 or fewer a week to 1 or more per day over a 4-year period. ...
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Effects from changing up the type of carbohydrates consumed

To clear up a bit of a misconception it appears you may have in your question: All carbohydrates are sugars of some sort, either simple or complex. The difference in the body is how long it takes to ...
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