April 16, 2014 | Science | Rebroadcast
Sugar: The Bitter Truth
In the story Dr. Robert Lustig tells about the health pandemics facing many Americans, sugar is the central villain. Lustig contends that sugar, specifically fructose sugar, is a poison that distorts our biological chemistry, and its making us very sick. If we accept that idea, what do we make of the fact that Americans consume 65 pounds of high fructose corn syrup in a year, on top of a lot of refined sugar? Dr. Lustig joins us Wednesday to explore the bitter truth about sugar.
Dr. Robert Lustig is a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California, San Francisco where he is a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics. He’s a noted expert of obesity studies and the author of the book Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Foods, Obesity and Disease [Amazon|Indiebound]. His book