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If you're in the habit of reading labels,  you've noticed some recent style changes: bigger, bolder print, new serving sizes, updated nutritional "daily values," and more. That's because food manufacturers are complying with new labelling rules issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  'Food Guys' Jon Jackson and Greg Patent wonder if the new labels will lead Americans to drink less soda pop, or to ask why there's sugar in cans of beans and jars of pickles.

Sugar in both grainulate and natural form.
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Hi! I’m Dr. Jamison Starbuck, a naturopathic family physician. I’m here today with health tips for kids about sugar.

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Sugars are creeping into our diets and, "Even if you're reading labels, you have to read the labels with some insight," says Jon Jackson.

"There's a lot of hidden sugars in our foods, that even people who are well-intentioned and disciplined find it difficult to restrain their weight growth because they keep running into hidden sugars."

Listen in now to learn more about where hidden sugars are showing up, and how to spot them on food labels.

Donald Duck frozen orange juice.
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With all the contradictory health claims floating around online, it can be hard to know what to believe. The "Food Guys" set the record straight about fruit juice as a "healthy" option, and make the case for avoiding it altogether.

Do Artificial Sweeteners Induce Glucose Intolerance?

Mar 19, 2018
Sugar dish.
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Jon and Greg discuss a November 2014 online column by Ari LeVaux, "Irony Alert: Artificial Sweeteners Make You Fat." LeVaux's piece examines recent findings, published in Nature, that mice who were fed artificial sweeteners in their water developed glucose intolerance.

'The Food Guys' Recommend A Sugar Substitute

Feb 24, 2017
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The Food Guys discus the sugar alcohol, erythritol, which is virtually calorie-free and doesn't cause as large a blood sugar spike as sucrose or high-fructose corn syrup.

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Does saturated fat increase our risk of heart disease?  For forty years, doctors have advised Americans to avoid animal fats and stick to polyunsaturated vegetable oils, for heart health. But there's more and more skepticism about that recommendation. The Food Guys share news of a study from forty years ago which sheds new light on the topic.

Jam Session

Aug 9, 2015
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Making your own jam from a bumper crop of apricots, plums or peaches is an easy way to control the amount and type of sweetener in your preserves. It's also a perfect gift in winter. You can freeze the fruit now and make it at your leisure in winter, or clear some cupboard space and turn it into a summer canning project.

Sugar vs. Cholesterol: John Yudkin vs. Ancel Keys

May 1, 2015

Greg and Jon travel back to the mid-1960s, when an alarming rise in the number of heart attacks led scientists to look for causal links between diet and heart health.