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Dementia Linked To Beverage Consumed By 50% Of People Every Day

Dementia Linked To Beverage Consumed By 50% Of People Every Day

Half of North Americans use a drink linked to dementia on any given day. Both sugary and artificially sweetened ‘diet’ drinks are linked to dementia by two new studies. People who drink sugary beverages tend to have poorer memories, smaller brains and a smaller hippocampus (an area vital for learning and memory). Diet sodas, though, don’t seem much safer. A follow-up study found that people who drink diet sodas are three times more likely to develop dementia and stroke, compared…

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Soda tax ‘more powerful than anything I’ve ever seen’

Soda tax ‘more powerful than anything I’ve ever seen’

Study offers ‘substantial evidence that soda taxes work,’ nutrition professor says As voters consider soda taxes in four U.S. cities, a new study finds that low-income Berkeley neighbourhoods slashed sugar-sweetened beverage consumption by more than one-fifth after the Northern California city enacted the first soda tax in the U.S. Berkeley voters in 2014 levied a penny-per-ounce tax on soda and other sugary drinks to try to curb consumption and stem the rising tide of diabetes and obesity. After the tax…

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Caramel colouring in pop to be studied by FDA

Caramel colouring in pop to be studied by FDA

Safety analysis will help U.S. agency determine if regulatory change needed The Associated Press     Posted: Jan 23, 2014 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it is conducting new studies of the safety of caramel colouring in soft drinks and other foods, even though previous research has shown no identifiable health risk. The agency’s announcement comes in response to a study by Consumer Reports that shows varying levels of 4-methylimidazole — an impurity formed in some caramel colouring…

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Soda Contributes to Behavior Problems Among Young Children

Soda Contributes to Behavior Problems Among Young Children

By Alexandra Sifferlin    @acsifferlin    Aug. 16, 2013 Sugar-sweetened beverages are one of the major culprits in the obesity epidemic, but sodas have also been connected to behavioral problems among teens. That link apparently extends to young kids as well. Among children 5 years old, according to the latest research, those drinking more sugar-sweetened sodas showed increased aggression, withdrawal and difficulty paying attention than those drinking fewer or none of the beverages. It’s the first time that the effects…

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5 ways to drop your soda habit

5 ways to drop your soda habit

By Keri Gans, Special to CNN    June 27, 2013 Editor’s note: Keri Gans is a registered dietitian/nutritionist, media personality, author of “The Small Change Diet” and spokeswoman for the Aetna “What’s Your Healthy” campaign. (CNN) – Despite recent heightened awareness about its many negative effects on our health, whether it’s to get through the mid-afternoon slump or paired with lunch or dinner as our beverage of choice, many of us still reach for soda daily for a jolt of…

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Artificial sweeteners tied to obesity, Type 2 diabetes

Artificial sweeteners tied to obesity, Type 2 diabetes

High-intensity sweetener changes metabolic responsesCBC News      Feb 17, 2013Diet pop and other artificially sweetened products may cause us to eat and drink even more calories and increase our risk for obesity and Type 2 diabetes, researchers are learning.Former McGill University researcher Dana Small specializes in the neuropsychology of flavour and feeding at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. Small said there’s mounting evidence that artificial sweeteners have a couple of problematic effects. Sugar substitutes such as sucralose and…

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Soft drinks, diet drinks linked to depression

Soft drinks, diet drinks linked to depression

CTVNews.ca Staff Published Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 Drinking more than four sweetened beverages a day is definitely not great for your waistline, but it also might not be good for your mood. A new study by the U.S. National Institutes of Health finds that fruit and soft drink drinkers are more likely to be diagnosed with depression than those who didn’t regularly drink sweetened beverages. And interestingly, those who drink diet drinks made with artificial sweeteners were linked to an…

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Study: Fructose Can Lead to Overeating

Study: Fructose Can Lead to Overeating

Delia Quigley     January 8, 2013 In the quest to discover the cause for obesity in America, medical scientists are turning to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to better understand how the brain reacts to certain sugars. In a recent study published in the January issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), a team of scientists at the Yale University School of Medicine enlisted 20 adults who were each given 75g of pure glucose and another time…

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Obesity Canada: Junk Food Warning Labels Urged By Ontario Doctors

Obesity Canada: Junk Food Warning Labels Urged By Ontario Doctors

By Helen Branswell, The Canadian PressTORONTO – Ontario doctors have launched an assault on obesity, saying society should aggressively fight the epidemic using the tools that have made major inroads in the battle against smoking.The campaign calls for graphic warnings — like the ones tobacco companies must print on cigarette packages — on high-calorie, low-nutritional value foods such as sugar-sweetened soft drinks, french fries and even fruit juices.It also calls for higher taxes on sugary or fatty foods, lower taxes…

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9 Ways to Fix Our Food System

9 Ways to Fix Our Food System

Hungry for change? Take these simple steps right now! By Max Follmer       October 10, 2012 Drink Fewer Sodas And Sweetened Beverages Fact: If you replace one 20-ounce soda a day with a no-calorie beverage (preferably water), you could lose 25 pounds in a year. Eat At Home Instead Of Eating Out Fact: Children consume almost twice as many calories when eating food made outside the home. Tell Schools To Stop Selling Sodas And Junk Food Fact: Over…

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