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I see where city government and others are going after "big tobacco" again using the phrase "it's for the children." The phrase intended to ma…

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Blackberries rank low on the glycemic index at 25. (A high ranking is 55 or greater.) They’re also one of the lowest-sugar fruits, with just 7 grams per cup fresh (compared, for example, to 16 grams in a cup of fresh pineapple chunks). Their low sugar content combined with their high fiber content makes them an excellent option for regulating blood sugar and insulin levels.

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Alongside cigars, classic cars, and salsa dancing, Cuba is well-known for its refreshing mojito cocktails. Its history is a bit of a mystery, but historians agree that it originated in Cuba in the 1500s.

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Despite the popularity of the soft drink, it is linked to various chronic diseases, containing carbonated water, added sugar, high-fructose co…

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“It all depends on the cookie, but it’s one of the keys to determining how much a cookie will spread. You beat the butter with the sugar because the sugar acts as sandpaper on the butter. It creams in a little bit of air, it disperses the sugar properly and it starts the process of dissolving the sugar. You don’t want to liquefy it, but you want a smooth mixture that has a little bit of air in it, so the cookie spreads better. It’s the same with shortening, although shortening is more elastic than butter — it doesn’t have the same water content — so it takes in more air. The more you mix in the beginning, the more spread you will have. The more you mix in the end, with the flour, the chewier the cookie will be, because that develops the gluten. It’s really a combination of the two.”

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Even if you crave it, sugar is no solution for breakfast or a wake-up snack after a nap. It will only give you a short high, and the crash that follows can be brutal, says sleep specialist and clinical psychologist Michael Breus. Instead, rely on proteins such as eggs to boost brain power.

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"Good balanced flavor, sweet, but not overly," wrote Tony, who ranked these high. "Hints of maple syrup? It is Canada after all." Natalie, though, ranked them low. "I know ketchup has a lot of sugar, but these are too sweet. They're also somehow simultaneously too bland? The texture wasn't as crunchy as I would like either."

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"So sour there must have been a vinegar accident at the plant," Louisa Chu wrote about these chips, which she ranked as worst. Nick shockingly ranked them as a top three. "This one understands the balance of vinegar and sugar, which is the secret to ketchup's power."

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If I had a dime for every time I saw someone pour thick sweet barbecue sauce on bone-in-chicken pieces or a whole rack of ribs while they were raw, I would be a very wealthy griller!

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If you have a day or two, just place a piece of fresh bread in a container with the brown sugar, seal the container, and your brown sugar will soften right up. If you are in a hurry, place the brown sugar in a bowl, place a damp paper towel over it, cover the bowl with a plate and microwave it for 20 seconds. Check to see if it's soft, and if not, continue microwaving in 20 second bursts until it is. Use it pretty quickly, and when you store any leftovers, make sure to put a piece of fresh bread in the container with the sugar.

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