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March 30, 2000
Q: I've been told that it's possible to tell the difference between a can of regular Coke or Pepsi and a can of the diet version without reading the label or opening the can. Is that true? A: Surprisingly, the answer is yes. Diet sodas are normally sweetened with aspartame, which is about 150 times as sweet as the sugar or corn syrup used in regular Coke or Pepsi, so much less is needed. Therefore, a can of diet soda is slightly lighter in weight.
February 11, 2008 | By Denise Gellene, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Casting doubt on the benefit of low-calorie sweeteners, research released Sunday reported that rats on diets containing saccharin gained more weight than rats given sugary food. The study in the journal Behavioral Neuroscience found that the calorie-free artificial sweetener appeared to break the physiological connection between sweet tastes and calories, driving the rats to overeat. Lyn M. Steffen, an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Minnesota, who was not involved in the latest report, said the study offered a possible explanation for the unexpected association between obesity and diet soda found in recent human studies.
January 29, 2011 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times
February is “American Heart Month,” and our e-mail inboxes are filling up with information about all sorts of cardiovascular-related events, including a celebrity-studded game of Capture the Flag at UCLA. Apparently, actress Jennifer Love Hewitt, singer Natasha Bedingfield, actor Ryan Kwanten and others will serve as captains of CTF teams that will compete for money to fund heart research at UCLA and UC Davis. CTF games will also be played in Washington, D.C., Chicago and Boston, according to a news release.
November 12, 2012 | By David Lazarus
You've heard of diet soda. Try this on for size. Pepsi-Cola in Japan is unveiling a fiber-infused drink , Pepsi Special, that contains dextrin, a fiber that distributor Suntory claims will help reduce fat levels in the body. That's right: Soda pop that actually battles obesity. Or so it's claimed. Pepsi Special isn't the first dextrin-enhanced drink in Japan. There's also Kirin Mets Cola, which doesn't in fact have anything to do with a certain New York baseball team.
February 23, 2011 | by Tony Pierce, Los Angeles Times
NOTE: This is a blog about two guys attempting to lose weight over a six-week period. They kicked off their weight-loss "strategies" on Jan. 10 . What began as my boss overhearing me say I wanted to lose 15 pounds by the end of the year saw me losing 13.5 pounds in six weeks. For that I am truly grateful. I am also thankful to all the people who say I look thinner, to all of those who have said they enjoyed these blog posts, and those who were so outraged at the beginning of all of this -- all of you have motivated me. I learned a lot. I learned I ate like a garbage disposal.
February 7, 2011 | By Tony Pierce, Los Angeles Times
NOTE: This is a blog about two guys attempting to lose weight over a six-week period.  They kicked off their weight loss "strategies" on Jan. 10 . Everyone hates that I am on the Cookie Diet, especially my extra weight. My friends who asked me to go out drinking with them said, "I hate your stupid diet" when I told them I couldn't drink while trying it out. Each beer would cost me a cookie, I explained, and I only got six for the whole day. A pretty girl who decided to join me for two separate birthday parties held at bars also berated me and questioned my manhood.
Dieters today have more options than ever as they try to shed unwanted pounds. They quench their thirst with diet sodas, binge on diet chocolate pudding and pig out on diet frozen desserts--most of it artificially sweetened with low-calorie aspartame. But does aspartame really help with weight loss? Or does it actually increase appetite, as some researchers have suggested?
I opened the refrigerator door last week and 14 containers of yogurt fell on my foot. "They're only 100 calories each," said my husband, Morty. Which is true. What seems to escape his attention is that if you eat eight of them in one day, that's 800 calories. But there's no reasoning with him: He's on a diet (which is as torturous to men as bikini waxings are to women).
August 5, 2012 | By Will Feltus and Mike Shannon
It is Sunday, which means Chick-fil-A stores all across America are closed -- just as they have been since the company's founding in 1946. Longtime patrons know they will have to wait until Monday to get their spicy chicken sandwich. Many will stop by then simply because they are hungry. But for others, ordering the restaurant's famous waffle fries will serve as a vote against gay marriage or for free speech -- or both. A month ago, on July 2, Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy told a North Carolina Baptist website that his privately owned company supported the "biblical definition of the family unit.
January 16, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
Overweight and obese adults who use diet drinks to help them lose weight need to take another look at the food they eat, according to researchers who reported Thursday that those people ate more food calories than overweight people who drank sugar-sweetened beverages. The scientists writing in the American Journal of Public Health did not say the dieters should give up on no- and low-calorie drinks; rather, they said the dieters should look at what else they're consuming, especially sweet snacks, to find other ways to modify their diets.
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