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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.
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.
December 27, 2010 | By Elena Conis, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Think saccharin is unsafe? You may want to think again. Saccharin was first identified as a hazardous, potentially cancer-causing chemical by the Food and Drug Administration in the 1970s. But since that time it has slowly been exonerated by state and federal agencies. The FDA changed its position on the chemical in 2001, reclassifying it as OK for consumption, as did the state of California. Now the EPA has announced removal of the sweetener from its list of hazardous chemicals too. Saccharin is one of the best studied artificial sweeteners — after all, it's been around the longest.
August 18, 2010
There are so many things you're not supposed to eat or drink when you're pregnant -- sushi, Caesar salad, blue cheese, lox, coffee and, of course, alcohol. Now researchers have added a new item to that list -- diet soda. It seems that regular consumption of carbonated beverages made with artificial sweeteners significantly increases the risk of preterm delivery (defined as giving birth after fewer than 37 weeks of pregnancy). Women who drank at least one diet soda per day were 38% more likely to have their baby early compared to women who abstained.
March 17, 2008 | Jill U. Adams, Special to The Times
Artificial sweeteners -- those diet-friendly ways to satisfy the sweet tooth -- recently got some bad press. In a study that has spurred discussion among scientists and on dieting blogs, researchers at Purdue University found that rats consuming saccharin-sweetened yogurt ate more food overall and put on more weight during a two-week period than rats consuming glucose-sweetened yogurt. The rodent finding has led some to ask: Are artificial sweeteners really good for a diet? Or do they, in fact, undermine weight-loss efforts?
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.
July 24, 2007 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
Drinking as little as one can of soda a day -- regular or diet -- is associated with a 48% increased risk of metabolic syndrome, a key predecessor of heart disease and diabetes, according to results released Monday. Researchers knew that drinking regular sodas contributed to the risk of metabolic syndrome, but this is the first finding implicating diet sodas, according to results published online in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Assn.
July 2, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Americans have a new way to celebrate the Fourth of July: Drop Mentos candies into 2-liter bottles of Diet Coke and watch as the soda shoots skyward. For the messy technique, thank Fritz Grobe and Stephen Voltz. The two performers from Buckfield, Maine, appear in a three-minute Internet video in which they don goggles and lab coats and show the world how to create the geysers. The resulting 20-foot blasts have captured the imagination of millions.
December 27, 2004 | From Associated Press
Still think the cola wars are about Coke versus Pepsi? These days the carbonated beverage battleground is diet versus regular, and it's looking increasingly as though the lightweight could flatten its full-calorie cousin. Though the highly competitive $64-billion soft drink industry is dominated by regular soda, sales of diet are surging, and some industry analysts say low-cal eventually could take the lead.
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.
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