Ben Dreyfuss

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Ben Dreyfuss is the engagement editor at Mother Jones. He's done some other stuff, too. You can email him at But you don't have to. But you can. But you really don't have to. 

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This Is How Much Sugar You Should Eat, According to the FDA's New Guidelines

| Tue Nov. 10, 2015 3:36 PM EST
Sugar is the devil.

The Food and Drug Administration is releasing new guidelines regarding how much sugar Americans should consume, reports NYT:

The goal is for Americans to limit added sugar to no more than 10 percent of daily calories, according to the proposed guidelines. For someone older than 3, that means eating no more than 12.5 teaspoons, or 50 grams, of it a day.

Big Sugar and a bunch of food-makers are going to freak out about this, but the truth is the new FDA recommendation is actually only half as severe as the World Health Organization's guideline, which calls for people to limit themselves to 25 grams—or six teaspoons—of sugar a day. 

By some estimates, Americans right now eat as much as 30 teaspoons of sugar a day. That is bonkers. Sugar is bad. Big Sugar spent decades—and millions of dollars—trying to conceal that fact. Added sugar has been linked to a whole slew of health issues from diabetes to cardiovascular disease. Sugar consumption is a health crisis in America and while today's move is the most severe step the FDA has taken to curtail it, it is not the first. Earlier this year the agency moved to require manufacturers to require betters sugar information on food labels

These charts show what 25 grams of sugar—which, again, is the WHO suggested maximum daily dose—really looks like:

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Everyone In California Is Freaking the Hell Out About a UFO

| Sat Nov. 7, 2015 11:11 PM EST

The government says it was a missile launch. That hasn't stopped people from freaking out.

Every James Bond Gadget Ever

| Thu Nov. 5, 2015 4:59 PM EST

The new James Bond film comes out today (or tomorrow depending on where you live in the US.) It's maybe not very good? But I'm excited for it anyway. To celebrate Spectre's release, here is a video of every single James Bond gadget ever, courtesy of Burger Fiction. How many gadgets has 007 used in his nigh many years drinking, sexing, running and jumping in defense of Great Britain? According to BF's count, 193.


Ted Cruz Wants You to Visit Ted Cruz dot Org. Here's What Happens When You Visit Ted Cruz dot Com.

| Wed Oct. 28, 2015 7:53 PM EDT

The third GOP presidential debate is happening right now on CNBC, live from Boulder, Colorado (and we're live-blogging it here). Ted Cruz just told viewers to check out his flat tax plan—don't forget your dancing shoes!—at Why not dot com, you may have wondered? Well, here's what happens when you visit

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Hillary Clinton Just Gave a Helluva Speech at the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Iowa

| Sat Oct. 24, 2015 10:52 PM EDT

I, Ben Dreyfuss, speaking for myself only, really think she did a great job with this.

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