Big Picture Science – Skeptic Check: Not So Sweet

by Gary Niederhoff on February 27, 2017

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Big Picture Science – Skeptic Check: Not So Sweet

Obesity, diabetes, heart disease … maybe even Alzheimer’s. Could these modern scourges have a common denominator? Some people believe they do: sugar.

But is this accusation warranted? We talk with a journalist who has spent two decades reporting on nutrition science, and while he says there’s still not definitive proof that sugar makes us sick, he can make a strong case for it.

Also, how a half-century ago the sugar industry secretly paid Harvard scientists to shift the culprit for heart disease from their product to dietary fat. We hear how the companies borrowed from the playbook of Big Tobacco.

So is your sweet tooth a threat to your health?

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Gary Taubes / Sugar Epidemic
Part 2: Gary Taubes / Fat Misdiagnosis
Part 3: Cristin Kearns / Sugar Politics
Part 4: Naomi Oreskes / Confection Confusion

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avatar Wesley Turner February 27, 2017 at 10:21 am

Is this an encore episode? I could swear I’ve listened to this one before.

avatar Gary Niederhoff February 27, 2017 at 10:35 am

Nope. This episode is as fresh as a batch of fat free cookies.

We did a Skeptic Check on this topic a few years ago, called Got a Sweet Truth?

avatar Anonymous February 27, 2017 at 11:10 am

Fantastic, love seeing fresh episodes!

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