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Food Additives

It seems like food additives are everywhere these days. Learn which ones are safe, and which ones to steer clear of.

Is All Sugar Created Equal?
You’ve probably heard it countless times, especially in low-carb circles: sugar is sugar is sugar. This is true in principle – the glucose, fructose, and sucrose found in table sugar or high fructose corn syrup...
Is Refined Sugar Really Toxic?
So far in this series, I’ve covered a variety of ‘alternative’ sweeteners: natural sweeteners like honey and stevia; artificial sweeteners like aspartame; and sugar alcohols like xylitol. But what about plain old white sugar? And...
Are Xylitol, Sorbitol, and Other Sugar Alcohols Safe Replacements For Sugar?
In the last article of this series I discussed artificial sweeteners, and gave you my take on whether you should include them in your diet. This week, I want to talk about sugar alcohols, which...
The Unbiased Truth About Artificial Sweeteners
Note: This article was originally published in 2014 and was updated in 2018 to include the latest research. Several years ago, the evidence was limited, and I was hesitant to make a firm conclusion on...
These three wooden scoops show different forms of sugar and artificial sweeteners.
Does It Matter If A Sweetener Is “Natural”?
The ancestral health community and other heath-conscious bloggers have increasingly embraced natural sweeteners such as honey, stevia, and maple syrup as healthier alternatives to refined sugar. But just how much healthier, really, are these natural...
Is There Any Room For Sweeteners In A Healthy Diet?
Humans are hard-wired to like sweet foods. Sweet tastes are strongly tied to the reward centers in our brain, and can actually relieve pain and reduce symptoms of depression, PMS, and stress. (1) Unfortunately, these...
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