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March 4, 2014
Re "A mixed bag of food labels," Editorial, Feb. 28 Contrary to The Times' editorial on the Food and Drug Administration's proposed new label requirements for packaged foods, the inclusion of added sugars represents a positive shift toward providing consumers with the information they need to make healthier purchases. Foods heavy in added sugars often have a low nutritional profile. The Times notes that the body responds to added and natural sugars in the same way, but too many added sugars mean more empty calories and less nutrition.
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OPINION
March 4, 2014
Re "A mixed bag of food labels," Editorial, Feb. 28 Contrary to The Times' editorial on the Food and Drug Administration's proposed new label requirements for packaged foods, the inclusion of added sugars represents a positive shift toward providing consumers with the information they need to make healthier purchases. Foods heavy in added sugars often have a low nutritional profile. The Times notes that the body responds to added and natural sugars in the same way, but too many added sugars mean more empty calories and less nutrition.
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OPINION
March 2, 2011 | By Emily Ventura and Michael Goran
Soft drinks were banned in Los Angeles schools in 2004. But if you think that means kids are protected from too much sugar at school, think again. Children are regularly able to select a school breakfast that contains more added sugar than a can of soda. A popular breakfast offering of Frosted Flakes doused in chocolate milk with a side of coffee cake and a carton of orange juice contains 51 grams of added sugar (or 79 grams of total sugar counting those that occur naturally in the milk and the juice)
OPINION
September 9, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Federal efforts to protect growers of sugar beets and sugar cane epitomize everything that's wrong with U.S. farm programs. At times they've artificially raised the price of sugar, costing consumers billions of dollars; at other times they've stuck taxpayers with the bill for the surplus sugar production they've promoted. The fact that the sugar program is likely to survive the latest rewrite of the farm bill unscathed is a testament to how limited the bill's "reforms" are. Sweeteners are ubiquitous in processed foods, and sugar is the most popular by far. There are two primary sources in the United States: sugar beets, which are grown in parts of California (mainly in Imperial County)
FOOD
November 12, 1987
"O ne day, in order to satisfy a sweet tooth urge, I perused my cookbook collection to discover I didn't have enough ingredients on hand to make any of the recipes listed," Becki Ransom Gimarse writes. "Determined to satisfy this urge, I made up the following recipe using bits of ingredients listed and my cupboard stock. The result has been a success. Everyone who tries the cookies requests the secret recipe. I'm sure your readers will enjoy them as well."
SCIENCE
March 23, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
For all their sharp teeth, many meat-eating mammals lack a sweet tooth, a genetic analysis of a dozen species has shown. The study, published this month in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that carnivorous mammals whose diets don't feature much in the way of sugar may lose the ability to taste it at all. Study coauthor Gary Beauchamp, director of the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, wasn't sure...
NEWS
April 23, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Scientists say they may have located the so-called sweet tooth gene, a finding that could lead to new artificial sweeteners. In two separate studies, scientists pinpointed a gene in mice they believe is responsible for tasting sweetness and were able to locate the equivalent human gene. The report was published in the journal Nature Genetics.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 23, 2012 | By Janelle Brown, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Sweet Tooth A Novel Ian McEwan Nan A. Talese: 320 pp., $26.95 Ian McEwan's storytelling at its best is a slow burn with a deliciously unexpected grand conflagration - taking the quiet life of a somewhat-flawed protagonist and throwing it into violent disarray with a few bad decisions and sadistic twists. The subject of "Sweet Tooth," McEwan's latest novel, would seem at first to be the perfect vehicle for this kind of storytelling. It is, after all, a '70s-era British spy novel in the mode of John le Carré, a cigarette-hazed world of secret backrooms and Cold War intrigue.
NEWS
April 16, 1992 | CAROLINE LEMKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Grand Marnier truffle lightly dusted in Dutch cocoa that magically melts down the throat, leaving a warm, orangy tingle. A frozen Snicker's bar so rock solid it could chip your two front teeth. There is definitely a high end and a low end to chocolate and candy in general, but by whose definition which is which can get a bit sticky. One person can covet green M&Ms with the same fervor that another pines for a fresh chocolate-pecan cluster.
FOOD
April 11, 1985
If your family's sweet tooth is at odds with its nutrient and calorie needs, why not prepare a nutritious dessert to round out the diet. "Plan desserts using one or more foods from the four food groups--milk, meat, vegetables and fruits, or breads and cereals--as a main ingredient," says Susan Magrann, registered dietitian and consulting nutritionist for the Dairy Council of California.
NEWS
February 6, 2013 | By Jay Jones
This Valentine's Day, a variety of special events in Las Vegas will cater to couples, but singles can mingle (in search of that special someone) at activities created just for them. And, on what's the busiest day of the year for marriages in the world's wedding capital, there's the chance to ditch the chapels and get hitched amid Sin City's historic neon. In search of a romantic Valentine's Day dinner? Dozens of restaurants will offer special menus. The Michelin three-star Joel Robuchon Restaurant   at MGM Grand will be offering a 13-course meal, starting with spiced strawberry gazpacho and ending with “an assortment of succulent sweets.” The “Lovers Experience” costs $435 a person.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 23, 2012 | By Janelle Brown, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Sweet Tooth A Novel Ian McEwan Nan A. Talese: 320 pp., $26.95 Ian McEwan's storytelling at its best is a slow burn with a deliciously unexpected grand conflagration - taking the quiet life of a somewhat-flawed protagonist and throwing it into violent disarray with a few bad decisions and sadistic twists. The subject of "Sweet Tooth," McEwan's latest novel, would seem at first to be the perfect vehicle for this kind of storytelling. It is, after all, a '70s-era British spy novel in the mode of John le Carré, a cigarette-hazed world of secret backrooms and Cold War intrigue.
BUSINESS
August 20, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Tennis great Maria Sharapova hits a mean volley. As a pitchwoman, she's stumped for the likes of Tiffany, Tag Heuer, Canon and Nike. In her fashion design collaborations with Cole Haan, she produced the brand's best-selling ballerina flat. But apparently, the 25-year-old Russian and four-time Grand Slam winner isn't busy enough. Sharapova is indulging her sweet tooth by launching a new company: a premium line of gummy candies called Sugarpova. Starting Monday, the business will offer a dozen different sweets -- an “accessible bit of luxury,” according to the website.
SCIENCE
March 23, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
For all their sharp teeth, many meat-eating mammals lack a sweet tooth, a genetic analysis of a dozen species has shown. The study, published this month in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that carnivorous mammals whose diets don't feature much in the way of sugar may lose the ability to taste it at all. Study coauthor Gary Beauchamp, director of the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, wasn't sure...
OPINION
March 2, 2011 | By Emily Ventura and Michael Goran
Soft drinks were banned in Los Angeles schools in 2004. But if you think that means kids are protected from too much sugar at school, think again. Children are regularly able to select a school breakfast that contains more added sugar than a can of soda. A popular breakfast offering of Frosted Flakes doused in chocolate milk with a side of coffee cake and a carton of orange juice contains 51 grams of added sugar (or 79 grams of total sugar counting those that occur naturally in the milk and the juice)
NEWS
January 13, 2011 | By Jimmy Orr, 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 Monday . I guess I really can’t blame my holiday weight explosion on my niece, Randi.  But all it took was one look at the Sasquatch Cyclops cookie she made for me and hopes of having a low-cal Christmas flew out the window. I thought that I could go back home and proudly eat celery stalks and lettuce while my family porked out on the normal holiday fare.
NEWS
January 26, 1989 | PATRICK MOTT, Patrick Mott is a regular contributor to Orange County Life
Anyone with even a minor-league sweet tooth who passes within a mile or so of the Rocking Chair Candy Emporium in Orange had better be ready to be drawn toward the place by some sort of mysterious, sugary gravitational pull. Open the door, and you're as good as trapped for at least a half-hour--or however long it takes you to stock up on a sackful of penny candy, pound down a sundae and inhale several dozen lungs full of air redolent with the smell of sweet edibles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1994 | GREG RIPPEE
While residents at the Las Casitas condominium slept, an auto burglar with a sweet tooth and a knack for removing the window of a car without a sound managed to break into four vehicles, sheriff's deputies said Friday. Sometime late Thursday or early Friday, a thief removed the back windows of the vehicles parked at the Newbury Park development and then removed the stereos or compact-disc units in the dashboards, Sheriff's Sgt. Kitty Hoberg said In one of the cars, only candy bars were taken.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 26, 2010
STAGE A Christmas Carol This all-new musical production of the enduring holiday classic, adapted and directed by Christina Harris, will feature traditional song and dance ? and some unexpected musical flourishes as well, all in the service of Charles Dickens' heartwarming 1843 fable. Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 26-Dec. 18; 2:30 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 28-Dec. 19; 2:30 and 7 p.m. Dec. 12 and 19; 8 p.m. Dec. 21-23.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 25, 2010
Gingerbread is not just tasty and seasonally apropos; it's also a bastion of science. Indulge your sweet tooth and learn about the chemistry and physics of baking at a Discovery Science Center event. 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Fri.-Jan. 22. $9.95-$12.95. http://www.discoverycube.org .
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