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Evaporated Cane Juice Is Just Sugar

You may have noticed a subtle change on your food ingredients list. Big, bad sugar is being replaced by the fresher, greener sounding evaporated cane juice. But how does this ingredient differ from sugar? It doesn’t, says the FDA.


There's More To How We Taste Sweetness Than We Thought

Scientists assumed there is just a single type of taste receptor on the tongue responsible for our perception of sweetness, but now researchers from Monell Chemical Senses Center have found that those cells also contain gut enzymes, which also contribute to sweet tastes. They describe their findings in a new paper published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


El Niño Is Causing A Worldwide Sugar Shortage

El Niño is almost over, but the wreckage of things it knocked over in its wake continues — and one of those things is your sugar supply. Eat your desserts while you still can, friends.


More Than Half Of All Calories Eaten In America Now Come From Processed Food

Americans are used to breaking down their foods into different groups — and to plenty of different opinions about just what that breakdown should look like. But there’s another category of food we haven’t been tracking, one that now makes up more than half of everything we eat.


What Happens When You Put Marshmallows In A Vacuum

Video: Play with your food. That’s the moral of the story from Crazy Russian Hacker. He put marshmallows in one of those vacuum food containers, pumped out the air, and watched the squishy little white puffs balloon into ginormous monsters. It’s all silly fun.


What Actually Happens When You Drink Too Much Soft Drink?

Video: Most reasonable people can generally agree on two things: the Earth is round and soft drink is bad for you. And though we know the first to be absolutely true, what’s so bad about soft drink? Asap Science explains as only they can in this hand drawn animation. Basically, it erodes enamel on our teeth, pumps too much sugar into our bodies, increases liver fat, makes us obese, brings on diabetes and ages the hell out of us.


Watch How Candy Canes Are Made

Video: A helluva lot of sugar and a helluva lot of machinery. That’s what it takes to make candy canes and it’s very close to being a magical process, as taking something as large as what candy canes start at and shaping it down to the classic skinny hook is so very impressive.


Seeing Sugar Get Swallowed By A Cappuccino Is So Completely Satisfying

This video is titled ‘Granular Satisfaction’ and there’s really no better way to explain it. A mound of sugar disappearing into the vortex that is a cappuccino is so satisfying. You wait and wait and wait for it to happen and then it does and the black hole closes up and waits for its next grain victim.


Why Sugar Doesn't Spoil

Two foods are left out on the counter — fresh tomatoes and a bowl of sugar. Within a week or so, one will develop black spots and the other remains pristine, albeit perhaps a little clumpy depending on the humidity of the air. But why?


Giz Explains: What Are Artificial Sweeteners Really Doing To Our Bodies?

They’re what stimulate your sweet tooth without adding girth to your waistline; they give diet colas and sugar-free snacks a saccharine kick without the consequences. At least that’s the idea. But these sweeteners have been the subject of hoaxes and misinformation for years, slowly discrediting their wondrous health claims. Can you really, as Dr Susan Swithers of Purdue University quips, “have your fake cake and eat it, too?”


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