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December 1, 2021

Managing sugar overload this festive season

In times where social distancing, lockdowns, and Zoom hangs have become the new normal, typical holiday and Christmas activities and gatherings may look different. What mightn’t change is the mountain of sugar you find yourself exposed to. While a little added sugar is okay, it can be easy to go overboard! Here are a few … Continued
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November 1, 2021

Sugar and the liver

Less loved or glamorous than other organs in the body, we feel the liver is due more attention and respect! The liver undertakes numerous physiological processes (over 500 vital functions!) to keep the body healthy, including storing glucose to be later used for energy; producing bile for fat breakdown and utilising fat-soluble vitamins; forming proteins … Continued
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October 21, 2021

Happy (and healthier) Halloween!

Halloween – there is no doubt we are all familiar with the ‘trick or treat’ occasion! With events of the past two years, how communities ‘trick or treat’ may look different compared to years past. But one thing that is likely not to change is the ‘treat’ being (more often than not) loaded with added … Continued
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October 1, 2021

Sugar and the microbiome

The gut microbiome. You’ve probably heard of it. It is the community of trillions of microbiota (also referred to as microbes or microorganisms) residing in the intestinal tract, their genes, and the products they produce. The microbes coexist with us so we can function. Amazing.  The composition of different bug populations residing in the gut … Continued
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September 10, 2021

Sugar and the brain

Credit: Canva Our brain is our best friend. A friend we often take for granted!  To keep the brain healthy, we need to eat healthily. That means more whole foods, less ultra-processed foods, and limiting consumption of added and free sugars. Why? Read on.  Activating reward centre When eating sugary foods, the brain’s reward system … Continued
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August 1, 2021

Sugar and the heart

We are well aware that too much added and free sugar isn’t great for health, impacting mood, energy, the liver, and also the health of your heart. In fact, research has found that those who consume at least 15% of their daily energy from sugar – found in the obviously sweet stuff, such as cakes, soft … Continued
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July 15, 2021

Excess added sugar could hurt the heart

If you have concerns about heart health, you should pay attention to added and free sugar intake. Excess consumption isn’t good for heart health, in part due to the impact on the liver. The liver and the heart Development of non-alcoholic fatty-liver disease (NAFLD) has been linked with high intake of added sugars, particularly sugar-sweetened beverages, even … Continued
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July 8, 2021

NZ school no-sugar policy cuts rates of dental decay

Small changes can have incredible impact, as has been proven by an exceptional New Zealand school. In 2006, Yendarra School in South Auckland introduced a water-only policy. That meant no sugar-sweetened beverages were allowed on campus, whether sold at the school or brought from home. Junk foods such as pies, icy poles and ice-creams were … Continued
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June 17, 2021

Health benefits of reducing added sugar

There are various concerns for health following excessive and persistent added sugar consumption. In That Sugar Film, we saw the effect it had on Damon in as little as 60 days, and that was consuming seemingly “healthy” foods! The risk for developing such health conditions, including excessive weight gain, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and more, … Continued
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June 13, 2021

Whole vs ultra-processed foods

In choosing what to eat to support health, we are often guided by what to exclude or restrict. The problem is, there are so many dietary ideas, recommendations and advice out there, collectively all the counting and restrictions can feel overwhelming. We suggest a simpler approach to healthy eating: focus instead on what foods to include. These … Continued
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June 7, 2021

Sugar swaps!

Sugar is added to a lot of our everyday packaged food and drink. This includes seemingly healthy foods, such as muesli bars, fruit-flavoured yoghurt and store-bought muffins, and those convenient foods we turn to when low on time and energy, such as instant soup and cereal. Without the need to whip up elaborate meals throughout … Continued
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June 5, 2021

Hotspots for added sugar

Identifying added and free sugars by learning how to read labels takes a little practice, though worth doing. By building awareness of where and how much added sugar is hiding in food and drink, we are less likely to over consume. This is important as too much of the sweet stuff increases the risk for tooth decay, type 2 … Continued
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