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Sugar in the News

Sugar has been getting a lot of press these days and not because of its sweetness.

A growing number of researchers, experts and health professionals are finally acknowledging that sugar is a very bitter chemical that is poisonous to our health and longevity.

The media is a-buzz with books, videos, documentaries and articles to bring awareness, to educate and inform about the dangers of sugar, and to inspire us to start shifting our relationships with sugar.

Here are my top online resources:

Dr. Robert H. Lustig, Sugar: The Bitter Truth, 2009

In this popular youtube video viewed over 4.8 million times, Dr Lustig MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, explores the damage caused by sugary foods. He argues that too much fructose and not enough fibre appear to be cornerstones of the obesity epidemic through their effects on insulin. Watch the video here.

New York Times, Is Sugar Toxic, Gary Taubes, April 2011

In this lengthy article, Investigative journalist and author Taubes explores Dr. Lustig’s claims about the toxicity of sugar, reviews the latest research, explains the impacts of sugar on the body and makes his own conclusions about sugar. Read the full article here.

Dr. Robert Lustig, Fat Chance. Fructose 2.0. Oct. 18, 2013

In this update to the Bitter Truth video, Dr. Lustig argues that sugar and processed foods are driving the obesity epidemic, which in turn affects our endocrine system. Watch the video here.

The Fifth Estate, CBC TV, Oct. 2013, The Secrets of Sugar

In this episode, host and reporter Gillian Findlay explores the shocking sugar statistics and science, interviews medical researchers and puts a family of four on a low sugar, healthy diet – to uncover the dangers of sugar and reveal the unsavoury truth. Watch the program here.

CBC Radio Ideas with Peter Kennedy. Stuffed. Dec. 2013

In this two-part series Jill Eisen explores the politics, economics and science of overeating. Includes interviews and excerpts with some of the leading voices on sugar and the politics and business of food. Listen to the broadcast here.

Is Sugar Toxic, CBC 60 Minutes Investigates Jan. 2013

Dr Sanjay Gupta, looks at the mounting evidence that sugar is indeed toxic and how the global health crisis, from obesity and diabetes to cancer, is also growing. He suggests it’s time to block the harmful effects of too much sugar and increase the level of nutrients now missing from food. Watch the piece here.

The Sugary Truth, Tremendous Collective, July 2013

This great animated youtube video, gives the cold hard facts of what the over-consumption of added sugar does to the body and 5 steps to start minimizing the damaging effects. Watch the video here.

Ted Ed – How Sugar Affects the Brain, Jan. 2014

A great visual overview by Nicole Avena on what happens to our body and most importantly our brain when we eat sugar. Watch the video here.

MacLean’s Magazine, May 12, 2014, Death by Sugar

The Big Story health feature by Kate Lanau looks at some alarming statistics, hidden sugars, how we got hooked and the health impacts it’s having. This feature contends that sugar is becoming the biggest public health crisis of our time. Read the feature here.

Globe and Mail, May 2, 2014, Too much sweetness: ‘All sugars aren’t the same’

This feature by journalist Carly Weeks looks at some of the latest research, speaks with medical professionals, explores labelling and the pervasiveness of High Fructose Corn Syrup. The piece also highlights the documentary Fed Up, an exposé of the deadly consequences of excessive sugar consumption that accuses governments and the food industry of failing to combat the problem. Read the feature here.

Fed Up documentary, released May 2014

Fed Up claims that food manufacturers have created a public dependency on sugar and are causing a health crisis that’s spreading around the world. Director Stephanie Soecthig and narrator Katie Couric team up to take this deep-dive look into the sugar issue to understand what’s really going on. The Fed Up website has also become a home for additional resources, how you can take action and has launched a 10 day sugar challenge to encourage people to start eliminating sugar form their diets. Visit the website here.