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October 15, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
The food and beverage industry has made some major moves in recent days in the struggle over super-sweet products. Major cereal-makers Nestle and General Mills pledged to cut sugar and salt content in children's breakfast cereals abroad, while soda and restaurant trade groups sued to stop a New York City ban on sales of large sugary drinks. On Monday, Nestle and General Mills said that by 2015 , they will cut sugar content in 20 popular breakfast cereals by up to 30%. The two companies have a joint venture known as Cereal Partners Worldwide, which sells brands such as Honey Nut Cheerios and Nesquik outside North America.
April 22, 2011 | By Diana Wagman
I love sugar. A box of cookies in my house lasts two days tops. A perfect dinner for me is a bag of Peanut M&Ms and a Creamsicle. I am way too old for this, but I have no control. Except for 40 days a year. For the last four years I have given up sugar for Lent. No cake, cookies, candy, pie, ice cream, not even jelly on my peanut butter sandwich. I go cold turkey. The first day isn't too bad. I am firm in my resolve. The next three are tough. I crave it. I have to take a walk or play the piano, keep my hands and my mind very busy.
June 30, 2012 | By Jon Bardin, Los Angeles Times
The mass-produced tomatoes we buy at the grocery store tend to taste more like cardboard than fruit. Now researchers have discovered one reason why: a genetic mutation, common in store-bought tomatoes, that reduces the amount of sugar and other tasty compounds in the fruit. For the last 70-odd years, tomato breeders have been selecting for fruits that are uniform in color. Consumers prefer those tomatoes over ones with splotches, and the uniformity makes it easier for producers to know when it's time to harvest.
October 13, 1999
Having been raised buying cachapas from vendors on the street and at the beach in Venezuela, I was excited to see your article on them ("The Eternal Cachapa," Sept. 29). As a teenager, I liked cachapas so much that I experimented in the kitchen until I'd figured out how to make them (as a gringo, I had no family recipe to refer to). When I came to live permanently in the States, I tried to make cachapas the same way I had in Venezuela (i.e., fresh corn ground in a blender plus a little milk, sugar and salt to taste)
February 1, 2012 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog, This post has been corrected, as indicated below
Move over salt. Step aside, saturated fat. There's a new public enemy in the pantry, and it's … sugar. In a provocative commentary coming out in Thursday's edition of the journal Nature, Dr. Robert Lustig  and two colleagues from UC San Francisco argue that the added sugars in processed foods and drinks are responsible for so many cases of chronic disease and premature deaths that their use ought to be regulated, just like alcohol and...
December 21, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Marketers selling food to children and teens spent 20% less in 2009 than they did in 2006 and are making "modest nutritional improvements" to the products they promote, according to a new government report. Advertisers shelled out nearly $1.8 billion to target consumers ages 2 to 17, down from the $2.1 billion they allocated three years earlier, according to the Federal Trade Commission. But most of the decline came from a switch to online commercials from expensive television spots.
December 7, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Before you pour your child a heapin' bowl of sugary cereal, read this: The Environmental Working Group has just come out with its list of the 10 worst children's cereals. Your child's favorite might be on it. At No. 1 is Kellogg's Honey Smacks, coming in at 55.6% sugar by weight, followed by Post Golden Crisp at 51.9% and Kellogg's Froot Loops Marshmallow at 48.3%. The list also includes, in descending order of sugar, Quaker Oats Cap'n Crunch OOPS! All Berries (yes, that's really the name)
September 1, 2010
What do Mary Poppins and neonatal doctors have in common? Both use sugar to ease medical unpleasantries. Sucrose has long been used as an analgesic for newborns; but now a study published online today in the Lancet says that the sweetener has no effect on pain levels in the babies’ brains. “Sucrose seems to blunt facial expression activity after painful procedures, but our data suggest that it … might not be an effective analgesic drug,” they wrote.
November 21, 2013 | By Inkoo Kang
In the fitfully moving "Sugar," director Rotimi Rainwater translates to the big screen his own nine months of living on the streets. Opening during Homeless Youth Awareness Month, his snapshot of teenage boardwalk-dwellers eking out an existence on Venice Beach is more successful as an instructive tool than as a narrative feature. Shenae Grimes stars as Sugar, the sole girl in a makeshift family of down-and-out teens, which includes her Mormon-runaway boyfriend (Marshall Allman) and a 13-year-old foster kid (Austin Williams)
July 19, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
As anti-drug-trafficking agents closed in on a North Korean freighter about to enter the Panama Canal this month, the crew from the rogue communist country took evasive action. They sought to outrun the swift Panamanian patrol boats with their 450-foot tramp steamer, loaded down with at least six containers of antiquated Cuban air-defense equipment hidden under 10,000 tons of bagged sugar. They pushed back investigators in a vain effort to prevent being boarded. They sabotaged the ship's crane to hinder the searchers' access to the cargo.
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