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  • Immune systems of type 1 diabetics can be ‘retrained’ to stop destroying insulin, scientists show

    08/10/2017 7:54:32 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 12 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 9 August 2017 | Sarah Knapton, Science Editor
    The damaged immune systems of diabetics can be ‘retrained’ to stop them destroying insulin, scientists believe, following successful trials of a pioneering new therapy. Researchers at King’s College London and Cardiff University showed that injecting patients with tiny protein fragments prevented immune cells from targeting vital insulin. Type 1 diabetes develops when a patient's immune system mistakenly attacks the insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas. Without treatment the number of beta cells will slowly decrease and the body will no longer be able to maintain normal blood sugar (blood glucose) levels, leading to patients needing daily injections. But a...
  • A new tax on sugary drinks designed to generate revenue for cash-strapped Cook County .......

    07/31/2017 5:10:57 AM PDT · by sleeper-has-awakened · 71 replies
    illinoispolicy.org ^ | 06/28/17 | Robert Brutvan
    Full Title: A new tax on sugary drinks designed to generate revenue for cash-strapped Cook County will be the third burdensome tax applied to soda prices in Chicago, making a $4 12-pack of soda in the city cost $5.97. Beginning July 1, residents of Cook County may notice their grocery bills growing as a penny-per-ounce tax on artificially sweetened beverages takes effect.The new tax will be added on top of Chicago’s highest in the nation sales tax of 10.25 percent and the city’s 3 percent tax on non-alcoholic beverages. With the new sugary beverage tax, soda in Chicago will be...
  • Soda taxes popping up around the U.S.

    07/24/2017 8:26:56 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 39 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 23, 2017
    While Cook County battles in court to impose a tax on sweetened beverages, so-called soda taxes are popping up across the country. Cook County would be the biggest place to impose the tax, following in the footsteps of Albany, Berkeley and Oakland in California, Philadelphia, and Boulder, Colorado. San Francisco and Seattle are set to begin taxing sweetened beverages on Jan. 1, 2018.
  • How to live to 100: Secrets of the world’s healthiest village revealed

    06/26/2017 7:24:20 AM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 51 replies
    UK Express ^ | 6-26-17 | Westcott
    A doctor has revealed the secrets behind the “world’s healthiest village”– and there it all comes down to eating less sugar. Cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra – who describes himself as a former sugar addict – has spent years studying the reasons behind rocketing rates of heart disease and obesity in Britain. Key to his research were residents of the village of Pioppi, in southern Italy, where diabetes is unheard of and many live to over the age of 100.
  • Jelly Belly sued by woman claiming she didn't know jelly beans contain sugar

    05/25/2017 9:13:51 AM PDT · by NohSpinZone · 93 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/25/17 | Fox News Staff
    When it comes to food, it turns out you can sue over just about anything these days. A California woman is suing the makers of Jelly Belly jelly beans, claiming she was tricked into believing one of the company's candy products was free of sugar. The plaintiff, Jessica Gomez of San Bernadino County, first brought the case against the candy company earlier this year, blaming "fancy phrasing" for her confusion over the ingredients, according to Legal News Line.
  • Sugar: A Bitter Aftertaste

    03/09/2017 10:56:34 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 74 replies
    Sugar is the new tobacco. It may take a dozen years for that to sink in the way nicotine and cancer did but the outcome will be sugar and diabetes. A steady drumbeat of news stories now is focusing attention on sugar’s public cost. Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales’s proposal to put a 2-cent tax on sugary sodas is the latest event. It would be a wholesale tax so the buyer would not see it at the counter and because the mayor proposes the tax to fund pre-school education, it has a worthy cause. But if he really wanted a...
  • Coca-Cola, American Bev Assoc are Targets of Lawsuit Charging Deceptive Sugary Drink Marketing

    01/05/2017 6:11:13 AM PST · by Red Badger · 47 replies
    cspinet.org ^ | January 4, 2017 | Jeff Cronin & Ariana Stone
    The Coca-Cola Company, with the help of the American Beverage Association, is deceiving consumers about the harms of consuming Coke and other sugar-sweetened beverages, according to a complaint filed in federal court in California. The suit contends that the beverage giant and its trade association are engaged in an unlawful campaign of deception to mislead and confuse the public about the science linking consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks to obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of the nonprofit Praxis Project, charges that Coca-Cola and the ABA are misleading consumers about the health risks posed by...
  • Chef Who Invented General Tso’s Chicken Dies at 98

    12/02/2016 11:25:36 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 2, 2016 | Yaron Steinbuch
    Chef Peng Chang-kuei, who cooked up the recipe for General Tso’s Chicken, a perennial favorite Chinese dish in the US, has died of pneumonia at age 98. The chef, who also founded the Hunan-style chain Peng’s Garden Hunan Restaurant, invented the sweet and slightly spicy, deep-fried staple that became a favorite in American-style Chinese eateries across the country. The dish — believed to be named after Tso Tsung-tang, a Qing dynasty general – was introduced to the US by way of the Big Apple in the early 1970s as an example of Hunan cooking.
  • Nestle Says It Has Found A Sweet New Way To Cut Sugar From Its Chocolate

    12/01/2016 8:56:29 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 33 replies
    Fortune ^ | December 1, 2016
    Researchers at Nestle said they have found a new way to drastically cut sugar content in chocolate by up to 40%. Nestle told Bloomberg that the process involves altering the structure of the sugar. Exactly how this works remains strictly secret, the company is still waiting to patent the process. But Nestle’s Chief Technology Officer, Stefan Catsicas, that essentially it creates “hollow” sugar crystals, which dissolve quickly in the mouth.
  • State Dept: Oh, hey, we found 323 more Hillary e-mails — and some are classified

    11/01/2016 11:26:42 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 41 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 1,2016 | ED MORRISSEY
    Harry Reid’s explanation of how John Kerry and State are violating the Hatch Act will be awesome. Just days after the FBI notified Congress about a trove of Hillary Clinton’s e-mails found on Anthony Weiner’s laptop, the State Department suddenly released over three hundred e-mails last night. The Washington Examiner reports that the new release includes messages between Hillary and Huma Abedin that were not disclosed prior to now — and they came via a separate FOIA fight: State Department officials produced 323 pages of correspondence from Hillary Clinton‘s tenure on Monday, including previously undisclosed emails between Clinton and top...
  • Study details sugar industry attempt to shape science

    09/16/2016 12:03:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 12, 2016 2:58 PM EDT | Candice Choi
    The sugar industry began funding research that cast doubt on sugar’s role in heart disease — in part by pointing the finger at fat — as early as the 1960s, according to an analysis of newly uncovered documents. The analysis published Monday is based on correspondence between a sugar trade group and researchers at Harvard University, and is the latest example showing how food and beverage makers attempt to shape public understanding of nutrition. In 1964, the group now known as the Sugar Association internally discussed a campaign to address “negative attitudes toward sugar” after studies began emerging linking sugar...
  • Governor to Obama in Food Stamp Fight: ‘Wake Up and Smell the Energy Drinks’

    06/27/2016 11:36:08 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 106 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | June 24, 2016 | Melissa Quinn
    Maine Gov. Paul LePage may have considered a proposal to prohibit food stamp recipients from using their benefits to buy candy and sodas to be a sweet one, but the Obama administration disagrees. The friction between the Republican governor and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has reignited a debate after the Obama administration denied LePage’s request to put restrictions on what can be purchased with food stamps. In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, LePage said: “It’s time for the federal government to wake up and smell the energy drinks.” In an interview with The Daily Signal, LePage’s health...
  • The Secrets of Sugar - The Fifth Estate [You Tube Video]

    06/19/2016 5:32:39 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 99 replies
    CBC News via You Tube ^ | October 3, 2014 | CBC News
    The Secrets of Sugar - The Fifth Estate "We’ve heard for years about the dangers of eating too much fat or salt. But there have never been recommended limits for sugar on Canadian food labels, despite emerging research that suggests the sweet stuff may be making more of us fat and sick. In the fifth estate’s season premiere, Gillian Findlay digs into the surprising science — and the reaction from the food industry — to reveal The Secrets of Sugar. Has the sugar industry been hiding an unsavoury truth from consumers? A small but influential group of medical researchers is...
  • Researchers develop method to produce sweeter, well-growing tomatoes

    06/07/2016 11:47:51 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 54 replies
    6-7-2016 | Provided by: Tohoku University Japan
    The researchers think it is likely that most flowering plants, or angiosperms, contain similar sucrose-susceptible genes, making their “sweetening technology” widely applicable. Credit: Cienpies Design ================================================================================================= Previous research has shown that the sugar sucrose plays a role in controlling key fruit genes involved in sugar metabolism. Efforts to control these genes succeeded in increasing the sugar content in fruit but also resulted in stunted growth. Researchers from Tohoku University in Japan used a bioinformatics search tool to find nucleotide sequences in the tomato genome similar to a known tobacco gene sequence that can be repressed by sucrose. When a special...
  • Production of Coke halted in Venezuela for lack of sugar

    05/23/2016 3:32:18 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 41 replies
    May 23 (Reuters) - The Venezuelan bottler of Coca-Cola has halted production of sugar-sweetened beverage due to a lack of sugar, a Coca-Cola Co spokeswoman said on Monday. Venezuela is in the midst of a deep recession, and spontaneous demonstrations and looting have become more common amid worsening food shortages, frequent power cuts and the world's highest inflation.
  • Michelle Obama gets her way on nutrition labels

    05/20/2016 9:23:22 AM PDT · by PROCON · 34 replies
    politico ^ | May 20, 2016 | HELENA BOTTEMILLER EVICH
    First lady Michelle Obama will unveil Friday the country's first update to nutrition labels in more than two decades — a move that helps cement her campaign to encourage Americans to eat healthier. The new Nutrition Facts labels, which will take effect in two years and appear on billions of food packages, for the first time require food companies to list how much sugar they add to their products and suggest a limit for how much added sugar people should consume — two changes vehemently opposed by many food companies. The impact of the rule is difficult to overstate —...
  • Some Republicans not happy with Mike Huckabee's "libido" comments [2014]

    03/31/2016 6:54:19 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 5 replies
    http://www.cbsnews.com/ ^ | Jan. 23, 2014 | Susan Walsh
    Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus on Friday touted a year's worth of progress for the GOP since the release of "The Growth and Opportunity Project" last year that recommended changes for Republicans to make in order to reclaim the White House. But comments regarding women's libidos from former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark., at the party's winter meeting on Thursday deviated from those recommendations and underscored Priebus' plea for Republicans to improve their tone. "The truth is, the RNC can't do it all. It's up to other committees and, of course, the candidates do their parts, too. But our example...
  • Hawaii's last sugar plantation workers can get federal help

    03/14/2016 8:08:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 14, 2016 10:52 PM EDT | Marina Starleaf Riker
    Workers left without a job when the state’s last sugar plantation closes this year will be able to get financial help. Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar Co. employees who lose their jobs will be able to get money through a federal program to help replace lost wages, U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, announced Monday. About 675 Maui residents work for Hawaii’s last sugar plantation, which plans to end sugar operations by the end of 2016. Under the federal program, workers could receive up to $2,000 a month for a year while they’re retrained for a new job. That’s in addition to...
  • New Bill Would Require NYC Restaurants to Post Carb Warnings

    03/10/2016 5:12:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Grub Street ^ | March 9, 2016 10:25 a.m. | Clint Rainey
    Looks like the city is spoiling for a new fight with restaurateurs: A bill being introduced today by Brooklyn city council member Inez Barron would force them to warn customers that foods with too much sugar and carbs are dangerous to people with diabetes. If it’s passed, restaurants would be required to hang a poster created by the Department of Health that spells out the “risks of excessive sugar and other carbohydrate intake for diabetic and pre-diabetic individuals.” Barron says the city has “an obligation” to provide consumers with this information just like it has with calorie counts. …
  • Hawaii's last sugar plantation to stop growing sugar

    01/06/2016 3:16:07 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 6, 2016 6:04 PM EST | Audrey McAvoy
    Hawaii's last sugar plantation is getting out of the sugar-growing business. Alexander & Baldwin Inc. said Wednesday that it will phase out sugar by the end of this year. Its 36,000 acre-Maui plantation will be divided into smaller farms to grow biofuels and food crops. The land will also provide irrigated pasture to local cattle ranchers. ...