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Sugar industry hid negative health effects research – zme science – 23-Nov-2017
In 1965, an industry group carried out a review to assess the health effects of sugar.
Studies on the verge of linking sugar with bladder cancer and coronary heart disease were stopped.
Just last year the Sugar Association played down a similar study in mice.
Sugar is now known the main culprit behind the obesity pandemic.

Crave Sugar? Maybe It’s in Your Genes – Scientific American – 2-May-2017
Some people are genetically attuned to crave sweet sustenance.
Examined genes of 6,500 Danish people taking part in a heart disease study.
People with FGF21 variant were 20 percent more likely seek out sugar.
FGF21 provides instructions for making a food regulation hormone.
Liver may play a larger role in snack management than previously known.
Strangely these people also tended to have lower body mass index.

Fruit sugar is slow release, but not in juice – Harvard Medical School – 1-Mar-2016
US guidelines are that no more than 10% of your calories should come from from sugar.
Study found no ill effects in people who ate 20 servings of fruit a day for 12 to 24 weeks.
Sugar content of fruit is released slowly into the bloodstream because it is packaged inside cells which digestive enzymes have to break down.
Also, whole fruits are full of antioxidants and other nutrients as well as being high in fibre.
You should limit sugar from processed foods – including fruit juice where cells have already been broken open by the process of squeezing.

Shocking sugar levels in High Street hot drinks – BBC News – 17-Feb-2016
Some drinks contained more than 20 teaspoons of sugar.
98% of the drinks tested would receive a red nutritional value label for high sugar content
Worst offenders:
Starbucks Hot mulled fruit (25 teaspoons)
Costa     Chai latte (20 teaspoons)
Starbucks White chocolate mocha (18 teaspoons)

Artificial Sweeteners May Be Dangerous To Gut Bacteria – Scientific American – 1-Apr-2015
Could lead to obesity and related ailments such as diabetes.
Sweeteners change the population of intestinal bacteria that direct metabolism.
May favour the growth of bacteria that make more calories available to us.
Genetically obese mice have 50 percent fewer Bacteroidetes bacteria than normal mice.
Small study of 381 people found artificial sweeteners users more likely to be overweight.