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

by Gary Niederhoff on December 28, 2014


Big Picture Science – 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: Sugar 101
Part 2: Robert Lustig / Sugar Toxicity
Part 3: James Ruff / Sugar in Mice
Part 4: John Sievenpiper / Not So Toxic
Part 5: Michael Moss / Big Sugar
Part 6: A correction from a listener

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