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Sugar might make you stupid

At this point, the message about eating too much processed sugar is clear: That stuff screws up your body in serious ways. But a new study suggests that too much sugar could do more than that. It could mess up your brain, as well.

Technically, what this study found is that too much sugar can screw up rats' brains. The study let rats OD on high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), and found that it disrupted their ability to learn, think, and remember. Here's what Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, the UCLA neurosurgery professor who led the study, had to say about it:

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Sports enthusiasts urge you to ditch sports drinks

Professional snowboarders Bryan Fox and Austin Smith have started a "Drink Water" campaign, urging people to stop drinking the $20-a-gallon sugar-juice that props up their industry. Biting the hand that sponsors you is a ballsy move, but it's also the right thing to do, not just for your body but also the environment.

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Pepsi spends $3 million a year so laws don’t come between corn syrup and your kids

Ironically-named food hero Marion Nestle just calculated that PepsiCo, which pumps enough high fructose corn syrup into the American public to turn out one Ghostbusters-size Stay Puft marshmallow man every 18 hours (I made that up; you get the idea), spends $3 million a year lobbying Congress. So what is Pepsi doing dumping all that loot on 1-percenters who supposedly represent the American public on Capital Hill? One motivation, according to the Sunlight Foundation, is the company's effort to stop the government's Interagency Working Group from proposing guidelines on food marketing aimed at kids. As Nestle explains (emphasis mine): As …

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Michael Pollan says corn syrup may not be worse than sugar

Whoa, did the corn industry get to Michael Pollan? The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that he said there may be nothing "intrinsically wrong" with high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), which at first blush looks like a 180-degree shift from his previous position. "I've done a lot to demonize it," he says. "And people took away the message that there was something intrinsically wrong with it. A lot of research says this isn't the case. But there is a problem with how much total sugar we consume."  While there is evidence (though controversial) that HFCS may be worse than sugar, most scientists …

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No girls allowed: Dr. Pepper's latest is dudes-only

Thank godessa.Image: Dr. Pepper Snapple GroupThe internet is fizzing over a new diet soda marketed strictly to men from, of all companies, Dr. Pepper. In a wildly misguided effort to get Bro Six-Pack to start calorie-counting, they've deployed an array of Axe-Deodorant-style "viral" marketing initiatives that are about as stale and musky as Tim Allen's man-cave. And boy oh boy, is "Dr. Pepper Ten" corny. From the AP: Instead of the dainty tan bubbles on the diet can, Ten will be wrapped in gunmetal grey packaging with silver bullets ... A Facebook page for the drink contains an application that …

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FDA: It's corn syrup, now shut up and own it

The Corn Refiners Association has noticed that "corn syrup" is becoming kind of a dirty word. They could improve the product, perhaps, but that would be hard, so they decided to just rename it "corn sugar." But the FDA, which is in charge of things like what counts as "sugar," is having none of it.  So far, the FDA hasn't yet ruled on whether HFCS can be called "sugar," but in the meantime the corn refiners decided to just go ahead and do it because it sounded good. They've been comparing corn syrup to sugar in all their ads, despite …

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Surprise! Americans are drinking A LOT of soda

Photo: Like the Grand CanyonOn average, Americans now get nearly 10 percent of their calories from soda and other sugary beverages. This news comes from a new report released by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Teens and young adults (aged 12-40) drink more soda compared to younger and older people on average, as do the poor. The elderly and those with above-average incomes drink the least. Okay, so maybe learning that half of all Americans drink a sugar-sweetened beverage on any given day doesn't rock your world -- although, heaven help us, it's becoming harder to deny that …

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Elevate your ice cream

Summer means I scream, you scream, we all scream when we see you mixing Oreos into that ice cream. But indulging in America's favorite hot-weather pleasure shouldn't be guilty: Skip the high-fructose corn syrup and dig in with a sweeter-for-your-body sundae. This flowchart will give you the cold, hard scoop on what to avoid:

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Gary Taubes’ sugar article makes an excellent case for diversifying agriculture

In last week's New York Times Magazine, the science writer Gary Taubes argues forcefully that a range of chronic health problems -- heightened rates of obesity, heart disease, and even some forms of cancer -- can be blamed on overconsumption of refined sweetener. It isn't just the surge of empty calories that sweeteners provide that's making us sick, Taubes argues; it's also -- and mainly -- the way our bodies process them. Taubes acknowledges that the science around sugar metabolism isn't fully settled. But he brings highly suggestive evidence to bear, and I find it convincing, with a couple of …

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Choose the right sweetener with this handy, snarky flowchart

From aspartame to ZSweet, the number of sweeteners available today is staggering. This flowchart gives you the Sweet'N Lowdown on which kind to use: