Hint: It's not really a food at all.
This is the first large study to suggest that consuming ultra-processed foods and drinks, particularly those that include artificial sweeteners, could increase the instance of depression
"This study showed that habitual, long-term intake of total and individual artificial sweetener intakes are related to greater volumes of adipose tissue, commonly known as body fat....."
The E numbers in food make bread softer and ice-cream silkier. But there is growing concern about how they might affect our microbiome.
Our ability to sense sweetness, as well as other tastes, involves a delicate dance between our genetic makeup and the foods we encounter from the womb to the dinner table.
A new study finds a chemical formed when we digest a widely used sweetener is "genotoxic," meaning it breaks up DNA.
"Our results suggest that even an average non-nutritive sweetener intake can affect immune cells in the blood."
Artificial sweeteners, used to replace sugar in a vast range of products, do not help in losing weight and can have serious health effects, according to the World Health Organization.
The World Health Organization has come out against the use of non-sugar sweeteners (NSS) as a means to control weight or limit noncommunicable sickness.
Ultra-processed food may impact gut microbiota, potentially causing metabolic imbalances and inflammation, increasing the likelihood of disrupting the neural network.
Sugar sweetened beverage consumption promotes higher BMI and body weight in both children and adults, underscoring the importance of dietary guidance and public policy strategies to limit intake.
"Our study shows that when participants consumed an artificially sweetened beverage with an amount of erythritol found in many processed foods, markedly elevated levels in the blood are observed for days—levels well above those observed to enhance clotting risks"
Maternal consumption of ultra-processed food during the child rearing period was associated with an increased risk of overweight or obesity in offspring, independent of maternal and offspring lifestyle risk factors.
A new study reveals low-calorie sugar substitutes may take a heavy toll on the developing brain and gut.
Individuals reporting higher intakes of ultra-processed foods (UPF) were significantly more likely to report mild depression, more mentally unhealthy and more anxious days, according to this new study.
A controlled trial suggests that non-nutritive sweeteners affect the human gut microbes and may alter glucose metabolism; the effects vary greatly among individuals
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.