the gummy bear and other sugar shots

Ever had a night out with friends and they decided it was a good idea to take a few shots at the local bar? Did they order something so awful that you could not even finish it? We came up with a list of sweet shots that taste more like candy and less like cough…Read More

seven sugar scrubs to soften your skin

Winter, spring, summer, or fall, glowing and polished skin is a must have. Sugar makes an excellent exfoliant and is great for normal to dry skin. Sugar is gentler than salt, so it lightly buffs up the skin leaving it super soft. How sweet is that? Here are a few popular sugar scrubs to try.…Read More

sweet sounds of music

Over the years, sugar has made its way into song lyrics and song titles too many times to count. Ask your friends to name a song with sugar or candy in the title, and it probably takes them fewer than five seconds to list several songs. In fact, sugar songs are so common that there…Read More

food for the troops

Though you may not realize it, every day there are trillions of good and bad bacteria fighting an ongoing battle in your gut. Scientists now realize that your health may largely depend on whether or not the good bacteria (probiotics) are winning. You can do a number of things to support your good bacteria troops,…Read More

satisfy your sitcom sweet tooth

It looks like more than 30 new shows will hit the airwaves this September and a few of our old friends are coming back too. A modernized “Dynasty” makes a comeback October 11 on The CW, “Will & Grace” are up to their old antics again starting September 28 on NBC, and “Roseanne” makes a…Read More

breath testing for CSID

Congenital Sucrase-Isomaltase Deficiency (CSID), also known as sucrose intolerance, is a rare disease in which the enzyme necessary to break down sucrose (table sugar) is low or absent. When foods containing sucrose are consumed, the sugar is not digested properly causing symptoms, such as gas, bloating, and diarrhea. The tests listed below aid in the…Read More

finding sugar in processed foods

A sugar by any other name is just as sweet … Or is that a rose? I didn’t pay attention to the “Romeo and Juliet” section of ninth grade English. What I do know is that with the new food labels on the horizon, we will have a lot more information on sugar and where…Read More

culinary quarterback

Fall signals back to school, falling leaves, and college football! Tailgates and concessions become the available food venues each Saturday during this festive time. As a dietitian, people watch what I eat and what I bring to these events. Tailgating Here are some options that help keep my dietitian integrity intact but are delicious enough…Read More

are there allergy fakers?

More and more we are hearing about food allergies – allergies to wheat, gluten, eggs, dairy, soy, shellfish, corn, and nuts. We absolutely know that tree-nut allergies and peanut allergies can be life-threatening. Even the smell can sometimes cause symptoms in those with the most severe forms. We also know that Celiac disease is an…Read More

killer gourmet candy corn

See something you like? All of these flavors, and more, are available at Boyd’s Retro Candy. Blackberry Cobbler Caramel Apple Pumpkin Spice S’mores The hyperlinks to other webpages that are provided in this article were checked for accuracy and appropriateness at the time this article was written. Sugarintolerance.com does not continue to check these links…Read More

13 sweetest halloween costumes

Halloween parties are my favorite with dressing up, spooky foods, and lots of laughs. Costumes that look like treats and spare us the tricks are the best. Easy and inexpensive are two of the ingredients I look for in making a sweet costume. Check out the clever ideas from around the web. 1. Hershey’s Kiss…Read More

teal is the new orange

Halloween and trick-or-treating are just around the corner. That means dressing up, scary movies, and of course, candy! Most kids look forward to Halloween; and as soon as the big bags of candy hit the shelves and costumes are out, it’s time to start the celebration. But it might not be as exciting for kids…Read More

unwrapped

We all are aware that the goodies in the trick-or-treat bag will send us into a sugar coma. But how much sugar is actually in those little bite-sized treats? Well, that ranges from 1.0 grams to 26 grams per serving. Where does your favorite confection land? Here are the numbers for the fun-sized treats. These…Read More

movember

It’s that time of year again. No-Shave November! The time when the men in our lives throw caution to the wind and their razors out the window and embrace their caveman selves. No-Shave November was started to honor and raise funds for cancer patients. The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing…Read More

what’s a yam?

Most of us don’t know the difference between a yam and a sweet potato. But we do expect one of these tuberous, root vegetables to buddy up with some marshmallows, butter, syrup, and sometimes pecans and make an appearance at our Thanksgiving feast. Where did this interesting tradition come from, and who do we have…Read More

wishing on a wishbone

Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears…it’s time to answer some questions about wishbones. Well, Julius Caesar probably didn’t say that; but as it turns out, the Romans believed that chicken bones held the power of good fortune. The wishbone, a bone that connects the two collarbones of a bird, is actually called the furcula,…Read More

do you shlamp?

You’ve heard of glamping. Decadent tents or yurts, air mattresses, and all the comforts of a luxury hotel without the plumbing. You may also be familiar with shamping. Urban Dictionary defines shamping as “camping where any inconvenience is rectified by immediately driving to the store to purchase the missing item.” But what about shlamping? Shlamping…Read More

meet candy the csid elf

The holidays are fast approaching, and many people participate in the “Elf on the Shelf” activities to get their children to behave in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Our Elf is a little different. For Candy, typical holiday sweets cause belly pain, gas, and even diarrhea, making our elf more mischievous than other elves.…Read More

elf shenanigans

It’s that time of year where my social media feed is blowing up with cute and naughty “Elf on the Shelf” escapades. The creativity that resides in some of these people is really pretty amazing, and the naughtiness makes me question whether I really know them at all!   Candy the GSID elf has been…Read More

yankee swap

Yankee swap, dirty Santa, naughty Santa, white elephant, or thieves Christmas. Whatever you call it, odds are good you’ll be attending one of these events this holiday season. What to take to such an event is always the most difficult decision. Most parties set a spending limit, and the gift should be more for fun…Read More

figgy pudding and other odd holiday treats

Do you know about figgy pudding? You have to wonder if the fig industry was behind one version of the classic carol “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” with its chorus of “Now bring us some figgy pudding… making this holiday treat sound special! So, what exactly is figgy pudding? This “pudding” is really more…Read More

worst fashion trends of 2017

As always, it was quite a year for fashion. Here are my picks for those items that need to be buried with 2017 and not ring in the New Year.   1. Silly statement t-shirts. Do we really need to know you love tacos? How about telling us something that makes an impact – not…Read More

new year’s day superstitions

New Year’s Day is a time of renewal, but along with a new beginning come many different superstitions. Nearly every culture around the world has New Year superstitions associated with food. It is believed that if you follow the superstitions, you will have good luck and financial prosperity in the coming year. In the Deep…Read More

inside the wrapper

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Grammys. In 1958 with only 28 award categories, the very first Grammy for Record of the Year went to Domenico Modugno for “Volare.” Today there are 84 categories, and this year rappers top of the list. Kendrick Lamar’s latest album “DAMN” and his hit record “Humble” have…Read More

quarterback sweethearts

Super Bowl Sunday has something for everyone, even if you don’t enjoy watching football: beer, chips, and the game for the men; commercials and cookies for the kids; and the half-time show with the one and only Justin Timberlake. Hopefully the NFL does its job bringing sexy back with a pairing up of some quarterback…Read More

decoding conversation hearts

Conversation hearts are the iconic Valentine’s Day treat. Necco has made these little colorful, tooth-breaking, and sometimes wise-cracking treats since 1866 when Daniel Chase figured out how to press food-dye letters into the candy lozenges his brother was making. These little boxes of hearts became a staple for Valentine’s Day and are the best-selling candy…Read More

wacky winter events

I love the Olympics – the pride in our country, the cool outfits of the American team, the opening ceremonies, and the crazy winter sports. I’m not sure who first decided to climb in a sleigh on a frozen waterpark tube and hurl themselves to the bottom at breakneck speeds, but they were quite the…Read More

celebrity sweethearts

Happy Valentine’s Day! It’s fairly rare to find couples in Hollywood who stay together for the long-term; heck, it’s even hard to find regular couples who stay together for years. I would imagine it would be hard on a marriage to see your spouse cozied up to some superhot star in a steamy love scene.…Read More

what are the odds?

There are certainly events that are considered rare in the world, occurring so infrequently that they seem almost to be a myth. And then there are others that are thought to be rare, but really aren’t. What about the odds of finding a four-leaf clover? Hitting the lottery jackpot? Of having a rare disease? Check…Read More

sweet and sour snacks

We’ve all been there – the meeting ran long, lunch ran short, and you forgot to eat. Next thing you know it’s 3 p.m., and your co-workers are starting to look like cartoon hot dogs and pizzas. You need something to eat and fast. If you were health-conscious and organized, you would have snacks packed…Read More

how many rare diseases have you heard of?

February 28, 2018, the last day of the month, is designated as Rare Disease Day, which makes sense since the 29th day of February is rare, usually occurring only every four years. The definitions for rare diseases are different in other countries, but in America we classify them as diseases affecting fewer than 200,000 Americans…Read More

luck of the irish

St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, brought Christianity to the country. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated the 17th day of March each year to honor the traditional death date of the saint. Because of his popularity, many Irish men are named “Patrick” or a variation thereof. Celebrated along with Saint Patrick are those wee…Read More

march madness

Each March, 68 men’s teams from NCAA Division 1 colleges and universities are selected for the March Madness tournament “march” to the National Championship. People everywhere participate in contests and fill out brackets to try to predict which team will become the champ. Sometimes brackets are completed in the most random fashion from flipping a…Read More

april fools' pranks

April Fool’s Day is celebrated by some and dreaded by others. The thought of “getting pranked” sometimes makes people crazy. It’s particularly tough for middle school and high school teachers since students enjoy pranking their teachers. Wives have been known to prank husbands with fake pregnancy tests or weird breakfast offerings. Moms prank kids into…Read More

sucrose intolerance awareness week

Since this is Sucrose Intolerance Awareness Week, I decided to try a sucrose-free diet to understand what life might be like if I suffered from sucrose intolerance. First, learning the different names for sucrose and why I might not tolerate it was important. Sucrose is a disaccharide made up of a glucose unit and a…Read More

are you stressed or just need desserts?

April is Stress Awareness Month and also IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) Awareness Month. A coincidence? I think not. Many people turn to food or other vices to get them through times of stress, often wreaking havoc on the body and leaving folks feeling even more stressed out. It’s probably not a big surprise that STRESSED…Read More

what's that? well, bless your heart

Peach cobbler, pecan pie, honey butter biscuits, and sweet tea; everything is sweeter in the South. Things are slower and people talk sweeter. Or do they? In the South what sounds like a compliment may actually be an insult. Let’s take a look at some of these sayings so you know whether or not to…Read More

sweetest tv moms

As Mother’s Day approaches, it seems only fitting to think back to all of the moms who have influenced our lives. Even if you grew up without a mom in your home, there was always a mom on TV you could tune into each day and watch her dolling out advice. Let’s look back at…Read More

great gifts for grads

May is a big month for graduates and selecting the best gifts can be a conundrum. Money is always appreciated but seems impersonal. So what kind of gifts will resonate and be useful without being too expensive? Here are some ideas that may just be the ticket. Charging dock: This station allows your grad to…Read More

sweet sacrifices

Memorial Day is the kick off to summer and marks the end of the school year in many states. It is also the first three-day weekend since President’s Day for many. But what is this holiday really all about? How did it get started? And what does it mean? Memorial Day was originally called Decoration…Read More

sweating for sweets

May is National Bike Month, so what does all that wheeling around do for us and most importantly what kind of calorie burn does biking provide? Well, it all depends on what you are riding, where you are riding it, and how long you go until your bottom needs a donut more that your stomach!…Read More

dynamic dairy and moovalous milk

June is National Dairy Month and has been since the National Dairy Council began promoting it in 1939. It was originally created as National Milk Month by a group of chain stores to promote drinking milk and increase demand when milk production was at its peak. Dairy is one of the food groups that most…Read More

sugar daddys

1. Charles Ingalls: “Little House on the Prairie” “Little House on the Prairie” gave us this hard-working, advice-giving, understanding father. He kept those Ingalls kids in line and made sure they understood hard work. The “real” Charles, who lived from 1836 to 1902, was the inspiration for the Pa we came to know and love…Read More

top 10 sweet summer treats

It’s summertime, so that means long, hot days and mild evenings, sprinklers to run through, pools to cannonball into, and the mad scramble for a couple of bucks as soon as you hear that magical music that signals the Ice Cream Man! It seems to always be the same almost-creepy tune, and it never fails…Read More

top 10 social media sites

The last day of June is National Social Media Day. Things were much simpler before the smartphone and personal computer. If you wanted to be social with friends and make memories, you got out and about, used the telephone, went to church, or played a sport. A Polaroid camera was the only instant photo you…Read More

i scream, you scream, we all scream for…

Hello National Ice Cream Month! I don’t know about you, but this is a month I fully stand behind! Bluebell, Ben and Jerry’s, and Bryers are all great options. Even better, apparently during the month of July, ice cream calories are not counted. That means we are obligated to make or eat some of the…Read More

sweet summertime fun

We are right in the middle of the summer, and this is when the “I’m bored” and “There’s nothing to do” whines start flowing. It doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive to change things up and have a little fun. There are plenty of opportunities to put down the technology and get out into…Read More

hot diggity dog

July is National Hot Dog Month. The boys of summer are in full swing, and all the major ballparks have something unique to offer in the way of the dogs. Everyone has their favorites; so for our list, we chose 10 of the most unusual hot dogs that we would like to try. Too bad…Read More

break the silence

The last Friday of July has been designated as National Talk in an Elevator Day, the day to break the silence and say something on that elevator. This admonition seems totally ridiculous. How do you even start a conversation when you have been conditioned to look straight ahead, look at your phone, or look at…Read More

another sweet day to celebrate

Don’t you just love all of these different national food days? You can’t go wrong with many of them: donut day, ice cream day, margarita day, to name a few. But did you know that the chocolate chip cookie also gets a well-deserved day? Here are a few bits of information you should know about…Read More

a month of ups and downs

Nothing says summer vacation like going to an amusement park, and August 16 is the day designated to celebrate the roller coaster, that heart-stopping, thrilling perennial favorite ride that takes your breath away. Whether it is a wooden coaster, a steel coaster, one that hangs, or one with loops, roller coasters are the most exhilarating…Read More

why does my gut gurgle?

Have you ever had a bubbling belly or sour stomach after eating a meal? Does it happen enough that you are concerned and are thinking about seeing a gastroenterologist? The goal of the gastroenterologist is to find out what’s causing your symptoms, so that the problem can be fixed instead of having you just manage…Read More

heading to college

Moving into a dorm and away from mom and dad is both exciting and scary all at the same time. For many college freshmen, heading to college is the first time they have been away from home for an extended period of time. It might even be the first time they have had to do…Read More

back to school

As the sounds of the ice cream truck fade into the distance, you know it’s almost time to go back to school – a glorious time for most parents and not so much for the kiddos. The end of summer means an earlier bed time, homework, and, for many kids, wearing a uniform that doesn’t…Read More

top 10 sweetest college mascots

College football season is upon us, and Saturdays are now devoted to watching your favorite team and those teams that you love to hate. Each team has its cheer squad to help motivate the fans along with the mascots with their crazy antics who not only fire up the team and the fans but can…Read More

sugar and hyperactivity

Are those iced oatmeal cookies you let your kiddos eat right after school to blame for them bouncing off the walls for the rest of the afternoon? For years people have associated increased sugar intake with an increase in hyperactivity in children. Sugary snacks have been limited in pre-schools and villainized by many as the…Read More

it's TV watching season

The new shows coming to the small screen this season include an accountant whose pop star client moves into his house, a busy mom and her perspective on life, a teenage football player transferring to a new school and all the high school drama that ensues, a missing airplane that shows up five years later,…Read More

sweet fall favorites

The leaves are starting to turn color, the air smells a bit different each morning, and the days are getting shorter. All of these signal that fall is on its way, but to many of us the arrival of our favorite sweet, fall treats get us in the mood early. It used to be that…Read More

home sweet homecomings

Cooler weather, Friday night lights, and college game days signal it’s fall, and many schools plan homecoming activities for their alums to come back and relive their glory days. It is also the time to crown the king and queen for the season. We found some high school and college traditions that are pretty darn…Read More

from the black panther to the black knight

As Halloween approaches, it’s time to think about a costume that is relevant in 2018. This has been a big year for action movies, video games, and some great TV viewing so we have a lot of great ideas to choose from. Superheroes You can dress up as an individual character or you and your…Read More

national sweetest day

Getting a gift of candy or cookies unexpectedly brightens everyone’s day and brings a smile to their face. With all of the breaking news and 24-hour coverage of everything that is wrong in the world, it certainly makes sense to have a day where we can celebrate the good things. This day is called National…Read More

workout bar or candy bar

Everyone tries to be healthy and make good snack choices, especially when traveling. For many, the protein bar has been the only “healthy” option to be found in convenience stores and airport terminals. But are they really the healthy choice or are you better off and probably happier just grabbing a good old candy bar…Read More

four treats that may be playing tricks on your tummy

Have you ever finished a meal and 20 minutes later found yourself wondering where you can find the nearest bathroom? Have you gone to a fabulous birthday party and had to make a hasty exit to avoid any embarrassing gas or explosive episodes in someone else’s bathroom? You know it must have been something you…Read More

sweetness overload

Turkey day is upon us – a carb load like what we might need to run a 100-mile race. We all are familiar with the protein load from good ole Tom Turkey, and, of course, some ham if that’s how your family rolls. But what about the sugar? It doesn’t all come from the desserts…Read More

a feast for the eyes

Every year, it’s a tradition in many families to attend the much-anticipated Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade or watch it on television. The floats, the performances, and the giant balloons are a wonderful piece of Americana and a great way to start the holiday season. The parade is so popular, it has been included in movies…Read More

the online shopping bonanza

We all know what Black Friday is – a one-day retail sales free-for-all that comes the day after Thanksgiving Day. For years, it has been a day set aside by millions of extremely dedicated, you could even say fanatic, shoppers to find that once-in-a-lifetime bargain. Want to avoid those millions and still catch the brass…Read More

six neighborhood gift ideas from a non-baker

Just in case you haven’t noticed, the holidays are upon us. I mean according to Walmart and Hobby Lobby, Christmas was just around the corner as soon as the “back to school” sales were over. LOL! But all of a sudden, here we are in November, and it’s time to buckle down and get some…Read More

eight fun fitness gifts

The New Year typically brings the gym rat in most of you out to play. Whether you finally start using that YMCA membership you’ve been paying for all year or you move the clothing off the at-home treadmill, it seems most of you are ready to start the new year by shedding what you put…Read More

visions of sugar plums

We’ve all heard the story “Twas the Night Before Christmas” with the children all tucked in their beds, visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads. But what on earth are they talking about? Well, the plums they are referring to aren’t really plums at all. According to the National Geographic, sugar plums are “comfits:”…Read More

to gift or to re-gift, that is the question

Have you ever received a gift from someone you knew had no knowledge of your life? Does your granny still think you love Mickey Mouse or Sponge Bob? Do you have more bathrobes than bathrooms? Did you forget the office party is in an hour and you can’t get to the mall? Well, you’re in…Read More

12 days of sugary drinks

For many of us, the holiday season brings colder weather and thoughts of warm, spicy, sweet coffees and teas. The flavors of the season are a wonderful change from the daily latte, but what are these drinks doing to our diets? Let’s take a look at the sugar content of 12 different seasonal favorites –…Read More

reflecting on the sweetest things

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2019 and all that is in store for us this year. But, it wouldn’t be fair to just jump right into the New Year without reflecting on the sweet things we loved from 2018. Sweet Technology Apple did it again and released the iPhone XR. This sweet new phone has…Read More

moving on

Television can be a tough business, especially these days. Actors and actresses are employees so sometimes they get fired and sometimes they choose to leave, but the show must go on, right? Some shows cannot survive their lead taking a hike, but others are like cats, landing on their feet and keep on keeping on.…Read More

national sugar awareness week

Sugar, C12H22O11: it’s that lovely sweet molecule that makes everything taste just a little better. But for some, it can make things a little worse. Sugar has been blamed for inflammation in diseases like arthritis and also for feeding cancer cells. Gastrointestinal upset may also be caused by sugar especially in people with Sucrose Intolerance,…Read More

who are the fakers?

Sugar substitutes are everywhere, helping us to keep the sweet and ditch the calories in hopes of a healthier lifestyle. But who are these fakers, and what are they all about? Let’s take a look at some of the most popular. Aspartame This sweetener goes by the brand names “Equal” and “NutraSweet” and comes in…Read More

what’s sweet about super bowl LIII?

It’s that time of year again when we choose to watch commercials instead of the main event. Yep, that’s right, Super Bowl Sunday is quickly approaching. Here are some pretty sweet offerings if you are attending or just watching on TV. If you are heading to Atlanta, you must try one of these five decadent…Read More

valentine’s day treats

Valentine’s Day is known for its plethora of sweet treats. Boxes of chocolates, conversation hearts, and other sweets push you right off the New Year’s resolution wagon and into a sugary, sweet ride. But what do you do if your sweetie has a sensitivity to sugar, like those with Congenital Sucrase-Isomaltase Deficiency (CSID) or Sucrose…Read More

TV rom-coms

Who doesn’t love a good romance? A sweet couple who seem practically perfect in every way? Or a couple with some quirks? How about those that we can’t wait to see end up together, but love the chase? Thanks to rom-coms and sit-coms, we can get our fill of watching these couples fight and make…Read More

celebrate your furry (or scaly) friend

Sometime in the early 2000s, someone decided to take the saying “Every dog has his day” literally and dedicate a day for not only dogs, but also for cats, fish, birds, lizards, or whatever other creature we might have as pets. Since we treat our pets more and more like family, it was inevitable that…Read More

the feast before the fast

Fat Tuesday! It’s probably the most appropriate name for a day ever. It’s the day we celebrate Mardi Gras. Anyone who’s ever been to New Orleans for Mardi Gras didn’t go to stick with the Whole 30 plan or do a no-carb weekend. Not only do people fall off their diet wagons when attending the…Read More

luck of the Irish

We have all heard the phrase “luck of the Irish” at some point in our lives, but think about when and where you heard it? Were you really lucky in that particular instance? If you were, then it probably wasn’t “luck of the Irish” at all. According to the Urban Dictionary, “luck of the Irish”…Read More

which sugar is causing my upset stomach?

Have you ever eaten a meal and 20 to 30 minutes later you had that rumble in your stomach and thought you had better find a bathroom quick? Do you wake up in the morning with a nice flat belly, but by 6 p.m. look six months pregnant? Have you tried every diet out there…Read More

Seven sweet sets of siblings

Brothers and sisters have a special bond. They can be the best of friends and worst of enemies in the same afternoon. Many times, siblings want to go their own way and forge a new path, but several sibling sets have decided to pursue the same careers and even work together. Here are some sets…Read More

Easter basket candy

Easter eggs, Easter baskets, and Easter hats will be here soon. Little girls and boys dressed in pastel finery, carrying colorful wicker baskets, and searching for plastic eggs filled with candy are so adorable! But just how sweet are those little baskets? Well, we are about to find out as we take a look at…Read More

sweeten up your summer-body diet

Summer is quickly approaching, and many of us are in that hard-core-diet phase before putting on shorts or swimwear. This is a time where food choices consist of copious amounts of spinach, protein shakes, and chicken breasts but lack sweet treats to finish off the meal. We know that fruits are a “natural sugar,” but…Read More

six of the sweetest road races

Charity 5Ks, 10Ks, and half- and full-marathons can be found in every state. Runners choose to participate for a variety of reasons: they support the charity; they think the city is a great vacation destination; they like the cool medals awarded to winners; and, of course, they like the wacky themes, the wackier the better.…Read More

National Slurpee® Day

7-Eleven stores have been home to the Slurpee® since its inception. This icy cold treat comes at you from a whirling freezer in a self-serve format that allows you to be a kid and make flavor concoctions that suit your taste of the day. What’s even better is that you choose the size cup you would…Read More