Big Picture Science – Skeptic Check: Got a Sweet Truth?

by Gary Niederhoff on August 19, 2013


Big Picture Science – Skeptic Check: Got a Sweet Truth?

The sweet stuff is getting sour press. Some researchers say sugar is toxic. A new study seems to support that idea: mice fed the human equivalent of an extra three sodas a day become infertile or die. But should cupcakes be regulated like alcohol?

Hear both sides of the debate. Another researcher says that animal studies are misleading, and that for good health, you should count calories, not candy and carbs.

Plus, an investigative reporter exposes the tricks that giant food companies employ to keep you hooked on sugar, salt, and fat.

Also, a listener corrects our pronunciation of Neil Armstrong’s birthplace in the Sounds Abound episode.

It’s Skeptic Check … but don’t take our word for it!

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: An Introduction to Sugar
Part 2: Robert Lustig on the toxicity of sugar
Part 3: James Ruff on sugar’s effect on mice
Part 4: John Sievenpiper disputes sugar’s toxicity
Part 5: Michael Moss on sugar’s ubiquity
Part 6: A correction from a listener

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