What is Coconut Sugar? Is it Healthier than Table Sugar?

What is Coconut Sugar? Is it Healthier than Table Sugar?

Recently, several Fooducate community members have asked us about coconut sugar. So here is a quick rundown for all. Coconut sugar is not produced from coconuts. It is a product of the coconut tree, or more specifically the sap obtained … Continue reading

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Honey or Sugar – Which is Healthier?

Honey or Sugar – Which is Healthier?

When food companies want to entice consumers to buy their sweetened products, they like to use the word “Honey sweetened” as a selling point. Sometimes, even when honey is present in tiny proportions compared to sugar (hello Honey Nut Cheerios). … Continue reading

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Food and the Brain: Hunger Satisfaction

Food and the Brain: Hunger Satisfaction

This is a guest blog post by Jennifer Lee, Ph.D. The regulation of how much we eat and drink is a constant battle for many of us.  Our brains and bodies use a combination of signals to indicate “fullness”: sensory … Continue reading

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Eight Facts about Agave Nectar

Eight Facts about Agave Nectar

We’ve gotten a question from one of our Facebook friends, who is confused about agave nectar, a sweetener that has gotten itself a health halo in some circles over the past few years. Below you’ll find the facts. Bottom line … Continue reading

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For the first time – Scientists Link Fructose to Obesity, Diabetes in HUMANS

For the first time – Scientists Link Fructose to Obesity, Diabetes in HUMANS

If you are wary of consuming products with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), your suspicions may prove right. A new study, for the first time conducted on humans, not lab rats, confirms what many have suspected for a long time … Continue reading

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Inside the Label: Funky Monkey Freeze Dried Snacks

Inside the Label: Funky Monkey Freeze Dried Snacks

As children, we loved visiting The Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. Besides all the cool spacegear, a special treat awaited us at the souvenir shop – Astronaut Dessert in the form of freeze dried ice cream. Strawberry and … Continue reading

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Crystalline Fructose

Crystalline Fructose

The LA Times Health Section has a piece on a High Fructose Corn Syrup’s cousin – Crystalline Fructose: Diligent readers of food and beverage labels may have noticed an increasingly common ingredient in some health and energy drinks: crystalline fructose. … Continue reading

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The (un)Natural History of Sweet – From Sugar to Stevia

The (un)Natural History of Sweet – From Sugar to Stevia

This was the week of stevia, a new zero calorie sweetener, that got FDA approval as a safe food additive, and will shortly find its way into soft drinks and other products scattered about our supermarket aisles. If you are … Continue reading

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