Sugar Tax Cuts Soda Consumption

images-20In March 2015, the city of Berkeley, California was the first U.S. city to impose a tax on sugary drinks.  One cent was charged for every ounce sold.  The tax impacted sugary sodas, juices, energy drinks, and coffee drinks. Four months after the tax was levied, researchers compared consumption of sugary drinks in Berkeley to two neighboring cities, Oakland and San Francisco, which do not have a sugary drink tax. They discovered that in Berkeley, consumption of sugary drinks dropped by 21% after the tax was imposed while over the same time period, consumption increased by 4% in the other cities.  Researchers also discovered that Berkeley consumers drank 63% more water.

Conclusion:  A sugar tax really might help to cut down on sugar consumption.

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Join me at the MA Conference for Women

I’m presenting a session on SWEET NOTHINGS: the truth about artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols on Thursday, December 8th at the MA Conference for Women at the Boston Convention Center.  Sweet Nothings is being held from 4:15 to 4:35 in Exhibit Hall A in the Health & Wellness Pavillion.   Please join me.  It will be

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FOOD NUTRITION LABEL: Update Coming in July 2018

images-2Yay.  The people have spoken and the government listened.  The FDA took two full years to review the 20-year old nutrition label that appears on most foods and drinks that come in a container, about

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HEALTHY LIFESTYLE: What does it mean?

imagesIt’s official.  A healthy lifestyle is the most important way to prevent chronic disease of any kind.  But what exactly does it mean to follow a “healthy lifestyle?” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention studied data from 400,000 Americans and determined that these five simple practices

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Sugar Industry Manipulates Sugar Research

lying under oathA recent article published in JAMA (Journal of American Medical Association) reveals that 50 years ago the Sugar Association (a lobbying group) manipulated dietary research findings to point the finger at

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Fructose Spreads Cancer!

151231-sugar-mn-0900_dadaca5425deb5d8e9892bd6981d29ab.nbcnews-fp-360-240It’s the fructose, stupid! Preliminary studies suggest that fructose is linked to the spreading or metastasizing of cancer. Most people with cancer don’t die from the primary cancer, they die from the spreading

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BOOK REVIEW: Sweet & Savory Fat Bombs by Martina Slajerova – 2 thumbs up!

61HGO2t+FPLThe biggest, best and most important reason I love this book is because author Martina Slajerova doesn’t use any caloric sweeteners in her fat bomb recipes. This puts her

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The 7-Day SugarFree Challenge

no-thanks-im-sweet-enoughYou don’t need a special diet to go sugar-free. Just follow these 4 simple guidelines:

1. Make a decision to live without any caloric sweeteners

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Corn vs Popcorn: Which one is better?

images-14Does corn on the cob have the same nutritional values as popcorn? From a sugar perspective, is one a better or less objectionable choice than the other? Let’s sort this out by looking

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AGAVE SYRUP is not a health food! Thumbs Down

AgaveAgave syrup, which is also known as agave nectar, is supposed to be a nutritious, healthy and superior alternative to sugar. Last Christmas, for example, my thoughtful step-daughter, Kathleen, gave me a beautiful container of viscous, amber-colored

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