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Life changes for the... difficult brain.

I'm not happy with the way I look or feel. I haven't been for a long time. I'm severely overweight, have high blood pressure with a family history of heart disease and diabetes, wake up with back pain every morning, have zero energy if it doesn't come in the form of an energy drink or shot, and just generally look like hell. What can I do to lose over 80 lbs and get myself to a healthy BMI for a 24yo 5'8' male when my brain acts like it really, really just wants to have me die of a heart attack by 35? Snowstorm inside. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Aug 15, 2014 - 34 answers

Science Wanted: kitchen powder identification edition

I have a large tupperware full of a crystalline white powder. It could be sugar, or it could be xylitol. How can I tell? So far I've found two possible ways: burn it and record the energy per gram; feed it to dogs. I would prefer not to do the second, as xylitol kills dogs. I'm open to the first, if someone wants to link me to a good experimental method for such. But I'd really love a third way.
posted by freyley on Jul 21, 2014 - 19 answers

Is this healthy, and if not, how can I make it healthier?

Fruit juice is confusing. How do I figure out what's healthy versus what's not, and what about natural sugar? Even though the juices I'm using don't have sugar added, there's natural sugar, right? Are 3 pints of fruit juice and carbonated water each night, spread out between 7pm and midnight, bad for me? [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 on Jul 1, 2014 - 57 answers

Is it better to gobble or nibble?

Sweets, that is. From the person who just ate an entire bag of Easter chocolate (which doesn't bother me, it's a rare occurrence) - I'm curious. Is there any scientific reason why "bad" foods like fats or sweets are better consumed spread out over time rather than consumed all at once? Assuming the same quantity of total consumption. Google has no answers except "don't eat lots of sweets." [more inside]
posted by celtalitha on May 1, 2014 - 19 answers

I need some small, square/rectangular, rainbow-colored candies.

I'm trying to recreate this rainbow mosaic cake (by Cakes of Our Lives in Melbourne), and need candies for the sides. The best US possibility I've found is these rainbow tropical gum tabs from Sweetworks/Oak Leaf, but they seem to be available online only in bulk quantities, for use in mall gumball machines and the like. I need suggestions for either (1) other ways to source those chiclets (for instance, anyone know a large brick-and-mortar candy emporium that might be able to do a one-off mail order?), or (2) alternative brightly-colored square/rectangular candies that I could use to create the same effect. [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Mar 14, 2014 - 26 answers

Have people fought with sugar cubes?

I already feel sheepish for asking this. I have a French colleague who swore up and down that there are places (prisons? He was vague, we were drinking) where sugar cubes are banned, because they are used to cut people in fights. A supposed bonus is that the sugar makes resulting wound heal poorly. This all sounds like the kind of BS I would be proud to make up myself, and it's surprisingly difficult to look up on Google. Has anyone else heard of this? Because if it's a thing, that is nutty.
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic on Feb 6, 2014 - 19 answers

Give me some ways to use maple sugar.

I have a fairly good-size bag of very finely-granulated maple sugar. When I bought it at a farmer's market they told me I can use it "just like regular sugar!" but some googling implies that it works a little differently in baked goods. So given that I have very limited free time to experiment, I'm looking for some guidance on how to use it and recommended baked goods recipes that make use of the maple flavor. Extra bonus points for anything I can easily adapt to be nut-, egg-, and dairy-free.
posted by olinerd on Jan 27, 2014 - 19 answers

30-something lady still eating like my 80's latchkey kid self

Resolution time! I grew up eating junk food. Lots of it. My fruit/veggie intake is minimal to non-existent. Though my BMI is in the healthy range, I know I can't possibly be healthy with decades of this diet. Where do I even start to relearn how to eat? [more inside]
posted by sixtyten on Dec 31, 2013 - 33 answers

I could take or leave the cookie. This has NEVER happened before.

Why do I find a very low calorie diet easier than moderately low calorie diet? [more inside]
posted by whoaali on Nov 6, 2013 - 6 answers

Nutrition and health aspects of white versus wheat bread

Most people have heard the mantra that wheat bread is "good" but white bread is bad. However, virtually all commercial wheat breads contain added sugars in some form (molasses, etc.) while it is possible to obtain commercial white breads with zero added sugars (e.g. scali or Italian bread) and sugar is meant to be "bad" for us, contributing to cancer, obesity and diabetes. From a scientific or evidence standpoint, how do the relative merits of sugarless white and whole wheat breads stack up assuming one buys the best quality option from each category?
posted by mintchip on Oct 14, 2013 - 16 answers

No sugar tonight...

Mefites who have given up sugar (or some other beloved but harmful substance): does it get any easier? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Sep 26, 2013 - 26 answers

Will it cause my body problems to stop drinking fruit juices?

Is it healthier to drink fruit juices or to avoid them? [more inside]
posted by JDHarper on Aug 13, 2013 - 26 answers

Bipolar II and diet

"Curing" bipolar II through diet (specifically, by giving up sugar, alcohol and caffeine). Is this BS? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Jun 10, 2013 - 21 answers

Cutting out refined sugar

I cut out refined sugar for a week, and the results to my body have been rapid and dramatic. What could be metabolically going on here? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on May 28, 2013 - 30 answers

Not love but delicious drinks (without caffeine or alcohol)

Help me find tasty beverages that don't have caffeine, alcohol, or loads of corn syrup. [more inside]
posted by thetortoise on Mar 13, 2013 - 37 answers

Blood sugar issues because of anti-psychotics, what to do now?

What should I do in the immediate short term before my appointment to talk about blood sugar issues with my psychiatrist? [more inside]
posted by lettuchi on Mar 12, 2013 - 7 answers

How can I get my aging father to stop eating like a picky child?

My dad is around 70 years old and has subsisted on a steady diet of shortbread cookies (those ones in the yellow box from the convenience store) and vanilla Ensure drinks for the past 2-3 years. How can we help him to help himself and eat real, nourishing food? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 8, 2013 - 33 answers

sugar-free-free gum?

Is there any chewing gum available in the U.S. that does not use artificial sweeteners? Except for Clark's Teaberry, that is... [more inside]
posted by tommyD on Jan 6, 2013 - 13 answers

What to do with leftover browned butter with sugar in it?

Bakingfilter: What can I do with superfluous boiled browned butter + brown sugar? [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Dec 15, 2012 - 18 answers

Coffee Recommendations?

Can anyone recommend a great brand of coffee that will aid me in drinking my coffee black rather than with cream and sugar? [more inside]
posted by incandissonance on Dec 15, 2012 - 41 answers

Insulin, sugar and the food pyramid

Our sugar and carbohydrate consumption causes our bodies to store the glucose as fat. Why does the food pyramid tell us to eat more of that food? [more inside]
posted by Leenie on Sep 24, 2012 - 26 answers

enery shot without artificial sweeteners

Where can I find a 2oz energy shot that's not made with artificial sweetener? [more inside]
posted by washburn on Aug 18, 2012 - 8 answers

Goodbye, sweetie pie

Has anyone successfully given up refined sugar (long term)? What were the benefits you noticed? [more inside]
posted by Rocket26 on Aug 13, 2012 - 35 answers

What recipe is my mom trying to make?

Mountains of sugar and fruit in glass jars in the pantry: What the heck is my mother making? [more inside]
posted by french films about trains on Jul 12, 2012 - 26 answers

What is too much sugar doing to my body?

Please scare the hell out of me with regard to sugar. I maintain a healthy BMI, cycle 100km+ a week and eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. My diet is primarily vegetarian with the occasional meal of fish. I also eat a metric crap-tonne of chocolate and other sugary foods. What specific health risks is my high sugar consumption exposing me to and how can I cut back? [more inside]
posted by embrangled on Apr 10, 2012 - 43 answers

Afast me hearties

I'm curious about trying regular fasting for general health (not weight loss nor spiritual reasons) but I'm finding a lot of woo. [more inside]
posted by Katine on Mar 21, 2012 - 17 answers

SUGGGAAARRRRR, stop following me!

Be gone, processed sugars! But I need some help, please. [more inside]
posted by sucre on Mar 12, 2012 - 38 answers

One cup of sugar...or whatever is around.

If I'm significantly short on white sugar in a recipe, can I make it up with other types of sugar? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Dec 5, 2011 - 23 answers

Can we still have a sweet tooth?

[recipe hunter for sugar free and splenda free sweets]: in search of recipes that are fun desserts but which contain no processed sugar or "artificial sweetners." [more inside]
posted by anya32 on Oct 28, 2011 - 17 answers

Competitive Baking. Totally a thing.

BakeSaleFilter: I am a confident baker, but I'm a total novice at the art of exchanging baked goods for money. I have three bake sales to participate in the next week. What are your crowd-pleasing-est single serving recipes? (I should mention that two of these sales are giving a prize to the person whose goods sell the quickest. MeFi, I really want that 20% off coupon.)
posted by aint broke on Oct 19, 2011 - 43 answers

if one train full of sugar leaves chicago at 3pm...

If I combine two parts white granulated sugar and one part water (by volume), how much 2:1 sugar syrup will I end up with? Alternatively, if I boil down a 1:1 sugar syrup (say 16 cups water and 16 cups sugar), at what final reduced volume will I have achieved a 2:1 solution? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on Oct 19, 2011 - 8 answers

Lost 60lbs & Fixed insulin resistance with Atkins. Will juice fasting hurt my progress??

I Lost 60 lbs and cured metabolic syndrome (insulin resistance) quickly on a modified Atkins diet. Can I start juice fasting without raising my sugar/insulin levels and "blowing up" again. I am down to about 5% bodyfat with normal blood sugar and LOVING it. How can I juice without upsetting my sugar/insulin balance again? Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by StUdIoGeEk on Sep 21, 2011 - 21 answers

Sugar in Market Spice?

Market Spice tea is allegedly only sweetened with orange oil and cinnamon, but to me it tastes like sugar. Is there really no sugar in Market Spice? Does this vary by company/maker/country? Is the same for Decaf and Rooibos Market Spice? My wife is low-carbing and I'm pregnant - we both need to stay away from sugar, but love this tea. We buy it at a tea shop - no ingredients listed.
posted by arcticwoman on Sep 13, 2011 - 13 answers

What does a fasting blood glucose of 102 mean?

What does a fasting blood glucose of 102 mean? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Sep 7, 2011 - 23 answers

Should I moderate my sweet tooth?

About 1/ week, I have a major sugar binge. It's always candy and never cake or other sweets. I usually end up eating more than a couple servings of candy in these binges. Now, I am a healthy weight, and my diet in every other way is balanced and healthy for the most part. I am wondering how bad of a health impact these sugar binges can have? Especially in the long term. I am in my mid-20's.
posted by Equiprimordial on Aug 1, 2011 - 13 answers

Are these "no sugar added" teas also sugar free?

Please explain how these sweet-tasting teas are advertised as "no sugar added" ? Only some contain rooibos. Does that mean there is sugar present from other ingredients? If so, how much? [more inside]
posted by Viola on Jun 22, 2011 - 14 answers

Every sweet has its sour, every evil its good.

Ways to dispose of 10kg of maltodextrin powder - not via my digestive system or the bin. [more inside]
posted by Kandarp Von Bontee on Jun 21, 2011 - 7 answers

Sugar hangover? Really?

Is the "sugar hangover" scientifically verified? I don't mean the kind of crash that happens when you eat too much candy, but an individual's reaction to any consumption of sugar whatsoever. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 11, 2011 - 10 answers

Is sugar withdrawal real and do I have it?

Is sugar withdrawal a real thing, and is it the reason for my odd symptoms? [more inside]
posted by NoiselessPenguin on Jun 8, 2011 - 11 answers

Sugar Babies Dog act

There was a vaudeville dog act in the Broadway play "Sugar Babies" that I saw back about 1980. It was a comedian with a bassett hound. Does anyone remember who it was? Or a youtube link?
posted by JohnE on May 23, 2011 - 2 answers

Need your best mojito recipe

Please give me your best mojito recipe. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on May 2, 2011 - 19 answers

Caramel experiment gone wrong...

How do I rescue a caramel experiment gone wrong? [more inside]
posted by Bongotrance Rabbitfriend on Apr 24, 2011 - 8 answers

What is "sugar"?

What are ways to eliminate sugar from my diet? [more inside]
posted by jefficator on Apr 15, 2011 - 39 answers

Caning, southern style!

How do I go about finding sources for cane sugar stock in my area? Yea, for growing... [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Apr 12, 2011 - 3 answers

Chest tightness when drinking sugary drinks quickly?

Sometimes when I drink really sugary drinks quickly, especially soda or juice, I get really uncomfortable chest tightness for a few minutes. (If I sip them it's usually fine.) Why does this happen?
posted by archagon on Apr 12, 2011 - 10 answers

Artificial sweetener is my vice and I think it is gross

I use artificial sweetener. I think I shouldn't. Help me not. [more inside]
posted by gwenlister on Feb 14, 2011 - 26 answers

What happens when I eat a bunch of sugar and then go to bed?

Are there any nutritionists that can weigh in on what exactly occurs when I eat a bunch of sugar immediately before going to bed? [more inside]
posted by GooseOnTheLoose on Feb 13, 2011 - 3 answers

What is Squishy Honey?

There's a fuzzy blob in my fridge! We named her Squishy Honey. What is she? [more inside]
posted by Kateruba on Dec 18, 2010 - 9 answers

How, mentally, can I overcome refined sugar?

How, mentally, can I overcome refined sugar? How can I do it? [more inside]
posted by Philipschall on Nov 29, 2010 - 26 answers

Sugar, spice, and everything nice, but mostly sugar. Is that what little girls die of?

How bad is it, really, to have a sugar addiction? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Nov 22, 2010 - 34 answers

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