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Sugar: The Bitter Truth

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In the story Dr. Robert Lustig tells about the world's obesity pandemic, the villain is sugar, which is likely the main ingredient in all the candy passed out Halloween night -- sorry for the buzzkill. Lustig contends that sugar, specifically fructose sugar, is a poison that has altered our bodies and made us very sick. Friday we're rebroadcasting our conversation with Lustig about how the collision of science, politics, and history surrounding sugar has created a perfect storm for poor health. [Rebroadcast]

Dr. Robert Lustig will be in Utah next Thursday, November 6, for a lecture about sugar as part of the Frontiers of Science lecture series. That event begins at 6 p.m. and will be held in Room 220 in the Aline Skaggs Wilmot Building on the campus of the University of Utah. It's free and open to the public. DETAILS


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].

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.