Getting more sleep curbs sugar cravings, study finds

Studies have also shown that two weeks of sleep deprivation increases the consumption of excess calories, particularly from energy-dense, high-carbohydrate snacks. 

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What drug-addicted soldiers can teach us about addiction and recovery

19% of American soldiers returned from Vietnam addicted to heroin. 95% of them recovered without relapse. How?

Of all war films that offer a sense of actual combat, the documentary Restrepo is arguably closest to representing the tedium and boredom that sets in on a day to day basis—and this in one of the most contentious regions on the planet. For soldiers in the Vietnam War, weeks were filled with not much at all, making it easy for heroin to infiltrate the barracks. 

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Experts Call For Sugar to Be Treated As a Drug

Just like alcohol, nicotine and other narcotics, sugar tickles our dopamine receptors in just the right way, inspiring our brain’s reward system. How will this end for us?

The bueberry flavor Jelly Belly bean was created for Ronald Reagan's presidential inauguration in 1981. Over three tons of Jelly Belly beans were consumed during the festivities. In hindsight, it might be something the 'war on drugs' overlooked. (Getty Im

My favorite candy growing up was watermelon Jolly Ranchers. I loathed the variety pack, as that meant I’d have to weed through options—grape, acceptable; green apple, goodbye—to savor my chosen treat. When offered real watermelon in the summer, I declined. The flavor just didn’t compete.

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Nestlé Claims Ability to Slash Sugar from Chocolate Without Sacrificing Taste

Scientists at the food giant reportedly found a novel way of altering the molecular structure of sugar. 

 

A display of Kit Kat singles.

For those of us obsessed with chocolate, including yours truly, this announcement sounds too good to be true. After all, the food industry has made some extraordinary claims about sweeteners in the past that didn’t really pan out. (I’m looking at you, Stevia). Turns out they are all bad for you. And remember those fat-free chips with olestra that were supposed to give you that same great snacking experience, without the added heart disease or expanded waistline? They caused an embarrassing little side effect known as “anal leakage.” So excuse me, Nestlé, for my skepticism.

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