Foods high in sugar, refined flour or saturated fats activate inflammation, which is strongly linked to depression.
A new study investigates the link between consuming sweeteners during pregnancy and a child's risk of obesity. Pregnant rats fed with stevia or aspartame gave birth to pups that had a higher risk of obesity and specific changes in their gut microbiome. The findings highlight the importance of maternal nutrition during pregnancy.
Many people struggle with sugar cravings, and now we have a better understanding of how the gut senses sugars (and why artificial sweeteners don't curb those cravings)
A neuroscientist explains how research indicates that consumption of sugary food is associated with mental distress – such as anxiety and depression – and disrupted sleep.
The results from this study clearly indicate a causal impact of sugary drinks on children's behavior and test scores
For females and people with obesity drinking artificially sweetened drinks may trick the brain into feeling hungry, which may in turn result in more calories being consumed
The gut contains sensors that rapidly send messages to the brain to help it decide what foods to eat, how well to sleep and even whether to feel pain.
This study is the first to show that some of the sweeteners most commonly found in food and drink—saccharin, sucralose and aspartame—can make normal and 'healthy' gut bacteria become pathogenic.
The study showed long-term energy drink intake, sugar-free or not, results in heightened blood glucose and bad fats (triglycerides), which are the common feature of diabetes. It also increased body fat without any changes in weight.
Current labeling regulations and practices fail to give parents and caregivers adequate information, and likely contribute to widespread consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks by young children, according to new research.
Researchers found that exposure to a processed diet, which is representative of a typical Western diet, led to persistent differences in fungal communities that significantly associated with differential deposition of body mass in male mice, as compared to mice fed a standardized diet.
More than two-thirds of all packaged foods contain added sweeteners. Why does that matter? Research has found links between kids' high-sugar diets and problems with sleep, learning and emotional health, not to mention serious conditions like diabetes and fatty liver disease.
This study suggests that sugary drinks and artificially sweetened beverages are associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease
Excessive consumption of fructose—a sweetener ubiquitous in the American diet—can result in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
The discovery of a specialized gut-brain circuit offers new insight into the way the brain and body evolved to seek out sugar. By laying the foundation for new ways to modify this circuit, this research offers promising new paths to reducing sugar over-consumption.
The food animals eat can change how they perceive future food. Researchers have discovered the basic science of how sweet taste perception is fine-tuned in response to different diets. This response uses the same machinery that the brain uses to learn.
Researchers reveal the mechanisms in our brains that lead to feelings of satiation after eating. They involve a series of reactions triggered by a rise in blood glucose levels.
Sucralose linked to problematic metabolic and neural changes, when consumed along with a certain carbohydrate, while drinks with low-calorie sweeteners or sugar alone do not provoke the changes.
Consumption of low-calorie sweeteners during pregnancy increases body fat in offspring and disrupts their gut microbiota - study.
Certain additives and artificial sweeteners can change microbial composition, say scientists, who note the altered profile is similar to that seen in those with inflammatory bowel disease or obesity.