Topic: processed foods

Diet Coke Increases Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes (Yes, Even Though It’s Sugar-Free)

Diet Coke Increases Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes (Yes, Even Though It's Sugar-Free)

French researchers have found yet another reason to stop drinking Diet Coke: It’s linked to a higher risk of Type 2 Diabetes; in fact, they even found that diet soda drinkers were more likely to develop diabetes than subjects who drank regular soda. This is hardly the first study reminding people that diet sodas are terrible for you, despite being calorie-free, and yet…consumers don’t seem to care nearly as much about the health risks of what they drink as they do about whether it will make them fat. More »

The Girl Scouts Are Now Selling Vitamins…In The Form Of Cookies

The Girl Scouts Are Now Selling Vitamins...In The Form Of Cookies

Every year I’ve been an editor at Blisstree, I’ve seen a new spin on the Girl Scout cookies nutrition debate: Health bloggers like me engage in an emotional debate between our knee-jerk rage over childhood obesity and our nostalgic love of cookies (and buying things off the street from little kids). Last year, the Girl Scouts of America ignored criticisms of their contribution to childhood obesity and released a new cookie in honor of their founder’s home state (which also happens to be the one with the highest rates of childhood obesity), as well as a collaboration with Nestle to create a Girl Scouts candy bar. This year, they’re facing the issue head-on…by making “healthy” Mango Crème cookies pumped full of a synthetic vitamin formula. More »

Cadbury’s Scary New Chocolate Doesn’t Melt (Even Scarier Is Who It’s Marketed To)

Cadbury's Scary New Chocolate Doesn't Melt (Even Scarier Is Who It's Marketed To)

Cadbury has invented a chocolate that doesn’t melt. Isn’t that just what you’ve been waiting for? Wait…me neither. Especially considering that a chocolate that doesn’t melt sounds suspiciously like it’s full of gross, non-melty chemicals. Even weirder/sadder/more problematic? The company intends to market this new basically-armored candy to people in “less economically-developed countries.” More »

Green Honey Is Invading France…Because Of Waste From M&M’s Candy

Green Honey Is Invading France...Because Of Waste From M&M's Candy

Bright green honey might seem like bad St. Patrick’s Day kitsch, but French beekeepers are harvesting the stuff in droves–along with blue, red, purple honey–because of waste from M&M’s candy. In the town of Ribeauville, in Alsace, beekeepers were perplexed by the colorful substance bees were bringing back to their nests, until they finally discovered that they were picking it up at a nearby waste processing plant, where Mars candy company sends waste–including dyes from M&M’s. More »

Corn Syrup Not More Fattening Than Sugar (But Still More Likely To Kill You)

Corn Syrup Not More Fattening Than Sugar (But Still More Likely To Kill You)

A new study says high fructose corn syrup is no worse than sugar if you’re trying to lose weight. While the very premise of this study is a bit confusing — anyone trying to lose weight would be wise to cut both from their diets as much as possible — it does help answer a controversial issue in dietary science right now: Is high fructose corn syrup nutritionally different from “real” sugar in any important ways? It looks like in terms of weight gain, the answer may be no. But need we remind you of the 10.3 million other reasons you don’t want high fructose corn syrup in your diet? More »

U.S. Corn and Soy Yields Dive Due to Drought…But Don’t Go Paleo Yet

U.S. Corn and Soy Yields Dive Due to Drought...But Don't Go Paleo Yet

Thanks to one of the worst droughts we’ve had in years, corn and soy farms are having a pretty terrible year. The USDA announced lower yield expectations for the second month in a row today, but if you’re thinking the lack of soy and corn might make it a good time to try paleo, think again. For starters, the market is still confused…so it’s still unclear whether this is going to drive up our grocery store bills. But even if it does drive up grocery store bills, you’ll probably feel it most in meat and processed foods. More »