February 4th, 2014
02:00 PM ET
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In recent years, sugar – more so than fat – has been receiving the bulk of the blame for our deteriorating health.

Most of us know we consume more sugar than we should. Let's be honest, it's hard not to.

The (new) bad news is that sugar does more damage to our bodies than we originally thought. It was once considered to be just another marker for an unhealthy diet and obesity. Now sugar is considered an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease, as well as many other chronic diseases, according a study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.
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Frum: Do 'fat taxes' actually work?
November 4th, 2013
04:00 PM ET
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Editor's note: David Frum, a CNN contributor, is a contributing editor at The Daily Beast. He is the author of eight books, including a new novel, "Patriots," and a post-election e-book, "Why Romney Lost." Frum was a special assistant to President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2002.

The Mexican Senate has just passed, 72-2, an 8% tax on candy, chips and other high-calorie foods. It continues to debate a special additional tax of about 8 cents per liter on sugary soda.

You can understand why Mexican leaders are worried about their nation's eating habits. Mexicans consume more sugary soft drinks per person than any other people on earth. Mexico suffers the highest incidence of diabetes among the 34 countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Mexicans are more likely to be obese even than Americans, the next runner-up.
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McDonald's and Clinton team up for healthier choices
September 27th, 2013
09:00 AM ET
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Back in the day, Bill Clinton was the highest-profile devotee of the highest-calorie items on the McDonald's menu.

What a difference a few years - and a quadruple-bypass surgery - can make.

The fast food giant and the former Big Mac fan-in-chief announced they were coming together Thursday to help fight the scourge of obesity.

Instead of just French fries to go with your value meal, McDonald's soon will offer you a choice of a side salad, fruit or vegetable as a substitute.

They also pledged to promote only water, milk and juice as the beverage that comes with a Happy Meal and to use Happy Meal packaging to "generate excitement" for fruits and vegetables.

Read - Bill Clinton and McDonald's: Let's forgo the fries and fight the fat

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August 15th, 2013
12:05 AM ET
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A new Coke ad in USA Today highlights 40 years worth of studies showing that aspartame (the sweetener in many of Coke's lower-calorie drinks) is safe to consume. Dr. Sanjay Gupta responds.

Previously:
How I kicked my Diet Coke habit
What is high-fructose corn syrup?



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