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New antiviral made from sugar could help kill coronaviruses

Manchester - A unique antiviral treatment has been made using sugar as the base active substance. The product has been demonstrated as capable of killing a treating a range of viruses under laboratory conditions, such as respiratory infections and genital herpes.

Caffeine can offset health risks of diets high in fat and sugar

A new study suggests that caffeine can help to limit weight gain and reduce cholesterol production, even in relation to diets that are high in fats and sugar.

Review: Andrea Bocelli releases amazing 'Si Forever: The Diamond Edition' Special

On November 8, world-renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli released the beautiful "Si Forever: The Diamond Edition" via Decca/Sugar Music.

Essential Science: Linking screen time and obesity together

New research suggests that too much screen time, for young people, is correlated with an increased consumption of sugary-foods and caffeine. This draws a connection between the use of devices and obesity.

Essential Science: Soft drink consumption and mortality risk

Researchers have examined data connecting soft drink consumption and the risk of early mortality and concluded that there is a connection. This relates to an International Agency for Research on Cancer study.

Packaged food in the U.S. remains over-processed and unhealthy

A new study finds that U.S. citizens remain overexposed to processed (and ultra-processed) pre-packed food products that are high in calories, saturated fat, sugar and salt. Health warnings and promises from food producers appear to have gone unheeded.

Artificial sweeteners are toxic to gut microbes

Are artificial sweeteners harmful? This a question that scientists have been grappling with for several decades. While sweeteners help with weight-loss programs, new evidence suggests they affect our microbiome.

Bitter taste for Cuba as it imports sugar for the first time

Havana - Sugar: it's so quintessentially Cuban that even a young, machete-wielding Fidel Castro used to hack away at the cane stalks vital to the Caribbean island's economy.

Sugar not so sweet for mental health

Paris - Sugar may be bad not only for your teeth and your waistline, but also your mental health, claimed a study Thursday that was met with scepticism by other experts.

US, Mexico reach agreement in sugar dispute

Washington - The United States and Mexico reached an agreement Tuesday in a long-standing dispute that will allow duty-free sugar imports to resume from south of the border, albeit with new conditions.

Mexico says sugar exports to US to remain duty-free

Mexico - The United States will continue allowing Mexico to sell it sugar duty-free, the Mexican economy minister said Tuesday as the countries prepared to announce a deal on a long-running trade dispute.

Weight-gain risks identified with diet foods

Foods packaged as diet foods, ostensibly because they have reduced levels of fat, may not help with weight loss at all. This is because the food-stuff contain high levels of sugar, partly to off-set the reduction in fat.

Should high calorie food be sold in plain packaging?

Cambridge - Obesity is a major health and social problem in most societies. This relates to various factors, including low rates of exercise and the consumption of ‘unhealthy’ foods. Is the answer to reduce the appeal of sugar-rich food through plain packaging?

Portugal to levy sugar tax on soft drinks

Lisbon - Portugal's Socialist government will introduce a sugar tax on soft drinks in 2017 which is expected to raise 80 million euros ($88 million) for the nation's public health service, a budget bill presented Friday showed.

Rise in sugar consumption by children

London - The amount of sugar consumed by children aged four to 10 years in the U.K. is rising steadily, to the level where it is now double the government's recommended total quantity per year.

Plant protein set to be the next big sweetener

Sweeteners are a popular alternative to sugar, especially for those dieting. Some sweeteners carry health risks and some don’t quite give the same sugary taste. In a breakthrough, scientists report on a new candidate.

Sugar content lowered in yogurt while keeping it sweet

Microbiologists in Denmark have altered the bacteria involved with yogurt production to create a "naturally" sweetened yogurt with a low sugar content.

South Africans sweet on sugary drinks despite fat tax

Johanesburg - South Africa plans a new "fat tax" on sugary drinks to combat an obesity epidemic -- but sweet-toothed consumers say its chances are slim of making them cut down.

Possible cholesterol busting treatment derived from sugar

With the obesity crisis continuing at an unabated pace, the research for fat busting drugs continues. Such drugs are seen as an easier option, rightly or wrongly, to dietary changes and exercise. A type of sugar is a new candidate.

Our sweet tooth is linked to the liver

Lots of people develop a "sweet tooth," especially after consuming lots of sugar-based foods. The mechanism for this has long eluded researchers. A research team think they have identified the source: a hormone produced by the liver.

British officials accused of hiding key sugar-health link data

London - Excess sugar is not good for you and it is linked to obesity and type 2 diabetes. But how much is bad? If there is new evidence, why not release it? If the government knows, why not tell the population?

Call for tighter blood sugar control to avoid diabetes

London - A health body has called for tighter blood sugar guidelines in order to help those with diabetes manage the condition better as well as to improve the chances of detecting diabetes earlier. This applies to children and adults.

What happens to you as you drink Coca Cola?

Kick back, open a can of Coca Cola (or equivalent caramel colored carbonated soft drink) and take a sip. Ever wondered what is happening as you ingest the sugary fluid? If so, read on...

Is it time for controls on sugary drinks?

London - Should controls be placed on the number of sugary drinks children can have and should a general tax be levied on such beverages? These are some the ideas to emerge this month.

Call for restaurants to display calories for all food items

London - Should every food item sold in every restaurant, cafe and cinema have the total calorie count value listed alongside side? This is the view of council leaders in Britain.

Medics call for sugar intake to be halved

London - Medical experts are recommending that, based on the typical sugar consumption, each person should be making at least a 50 percent reduction. This is to off-set the risk of obesity and associated ill-health effects.

Aspartame and the safety of sweeteners

Aspartame is one of the world’s most widely used sweeteners and it has been used for decades. Nonetheless, the safety of the chemical is called into question from time-time. A new video sets out the case.

Saccharin may actually block cancer

Miami - After some decades as being associated as a possible trigger for certain forms of cancer, the sugar substitute sweetener Saccharin may actually inhibit certain forms of cancer.

KFC to bring edible coffee cups to the UK

Food chain KFC has announced that UK customers will soon be able to eat their coffee cup thanks to the development of a new heat-resistant chocolate coated cookie biscuit.

World faces a cancer tidal wave

Geneva - The World Health Organization (WHO) is predicting that cancer rates globally are set to increase. At the same time the health agency calls for restrictions on the levels of sugar and alcohol made available to the world's population.
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