Just 2 days of increased sugar intake can harm your gut health, warn researchers

A common trick to maintain a low-sugar diet is to indulge your sweet cravings from time to time. You might adhere to a strict diet during the weekdays and loosen up a bit over the weekend as a reward for dieting. But a study shows that it takes only a couple of days to ruin good … Continue reading Just 2 days of increased sugar intake can harm your gut health, warn researchers

Researchers find strong evidence linking artificial sweeteners to asthma

Even moderate consumption of fructose and high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) from soda, fruit drinks and apple juice corresponds to a higher risk of asthma in adults. This is the finding of a recent study by independent researcher Luanne DeChristopher and Katherine Tucker from the University of Massachusetts Lowell (UMass Lowell), published in the British Journal of Nutrition. Their study found that … Continue reading Researchers find strong evidence linking artificial sweeteners to asthma

It only takes one: Drinking at least one sugary drink a day increases your cancer risk

When it comes to beverages that increase your risk of cancer, it turns out that a glass of orange juice may be just as bad as a glass of soda. This is according to a new study, which found that sugary drinks – including 100 percent fruit juice – were “significantly associated with the risk of … Continue reading It only takes one: Drinking at least one sugary drink a day increases your cancer risk

Ditch the soda to avoid an early demise, researchers warn

It’s no secret that soda is one of the unhealthiest drinks out there, but that doesn’t stop people from consuming it. That being said, this recent research might change people’s minds. In the largest cohort of its kind, a group of 50 researchers from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) studied the soda consumption of more … Continue reading Ditch the soda to avoid an early demise, researchers warn

Artificial sweetener could worsen symptoms of Crohn’s disease

“Sugar-free” artificial sweeteners might not be a healthier alternative to sugar after all. On the contrary, it can trigger inflammation and worsen symptoms of Crohn’s disease, a recent animal study showed. Published in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, it revealed that Splenda, a type of zero-calorie artificial sweetener, exacerbated gut inflammation in mice with Crohn’s disease. Splenda also increased … Continue reading Artificial sweetener could worsen symptoms of Crohn’s disease

Curb cravings with fruit: Eat natural sugars to break bad food habits and wean yourself off added sugars

There are many things about fruits that make them such great health foods. For one, they are rich in essential nutrients that the body requires to perform important processes. Fruits are also generous sources of antioxidant compounds that help protect cells and boost your immune system. But there’s another reason why fruits are an integral part of a … Continue reading Curb cravings with fruit: Eat natural sugars to break bad food habits and wean yourself off added sugars

6 Foods you thought were healthy, but aren’t

Are you confident that the food you’re eating is healthy? Marketing techniques and popular belief can lead you to eat foods that don’t actually help you eat better or lose weight. Here are six foods that many people think are healthy, but actually aren’t: 1. Agave nectar Agave nectar, which is derived from the agave plant, … Continue reading 6 Foods you thought were healthy, but aren’t

Fructose can cause far more damage than glucose

Sugar is more complicated than it lets on. For one, the sweet-tasting carbohydrate is a paradox in itself: It’s found in nature – plants are great sources of it – but it’s also a risk factor in many chronic diseases, and as recent studies put it, a substance as damaging and addictive as alcohol. In particular, … Continue reading Fructose can cause far more damage than glucose

6 Common artificial sweeteners found to be toxic to gut bacteria

If you think that you’re trying to be healthy by eating low-sugar foods or drinking diet soft drinks, think again. Artificial sweeteners commonly found in low-sugar foods and drinks can actually harm your gut microbial system. A study published in the journal Molecules revealed six artificial sweeteners that are toxic to gut bacteria: aspartame, sucralose, saccharin, neotame, advantame, and acesulfame potassium. These were … Continue reading 6 Common artificial sweeteners found to be toxic to gut bacteria

6 More reasons NOT to drink diet soda

Sodas are known to be harmful to health. Likewise, diet sodas are still bad for you. “Diet” sodas and zero-calorie drinks are marketed as “healthier” alternatives to regular soda. But do not be fooled, they are made out of artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame, cyclamates, saccharin, sucralose, and acesulfame potassium. Artificial sweeteners are said to contain no calories but are at … Continue reading 6 More reasons NOT to drink diet soda