Fed up on sugar hyperbole

        I’m glad to report that my article, “Sugar Is Not the Enemy,” for Outside was published today. And there’s really no hiding my enthusiasm for writing for such an awesome publication. I’ve long been a fan of the magazine and website — having grown up in Utah before moving to Arizona, I’ve done my fair share of snowboarding, mountainContinue reading “Fed up on sugar hyperbole”

Stop singling out sugar

It’s been called “deadly,” “toxic,” and “poison”. Today there’s no shortage of books, news articles, and journal articles singling out the sweet substance as the scapegoat for all of society’s ills. These include obesity, metabolic syndrome factors such as high blood pressure, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), type-2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Providing the most recent fodderContinue reading “Stop singling out sugar”

What journalists should know before writing about fructophobia

In his new book, Fat Chance, Dr. Robert Lustig argues that “sugar is more toxin than it ever was nutrient.” He writes that sugar is as addictive as cocaine, that it should be regulated like tobacco, and that children should be carded before having a soda. He compares the fructose component of sugar to ethanol. “Pick your poison,” he writes, arguingContinue reading “What journalists should know before writing about fructophobia”

Sievenpiper: Fructose should not "worry" in diabetes

As the fructose debate rages on, one serious concern has been what the message should be for people who have diabetes. There’s no question that the alarming media headlines, articles, and YouTube videos have confused many with prediabetes and both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Even health professionals and organizations like the American Diabetes AssociationContinue reading “Sievenpiper: Fructose should not "worry" in diabetes”

Fate of fructose: Interview with Dr. John Sievenpiper

Fructose metabolism. Ref: Tappy & Ka 2010. Sugar is a hot topic these days. Evidently, it’s also a touchy topic. I’ve been a little amazed at some of the responses (both positive and negative) received since my first rant post about media reporting unfairly that hummingbird fuel was “toxic”. There clearly exists a continued need for education about theContinue reading “Fate of fructose: Interview with Dr. John Sievenpiper”

Confusing messages about sugar are stupid

I’m a bit late in weighing into the “Sugar Makes You Stupid” mess of poor health reporting on a rat study. At the Embargo Watch blog, Ivan Oransky already covered the mishandling of the study’s embargo and ripped into the press release for misleading readers into believing that the study had any meaningful conclusions for college students. Then,Continue reading “Confusing messages about sugar are stupid”

Sugar Showdown: Science Responds to "Fructophobia"

The scientific community lashed out against “sugar is toxic” sensationalism on Sunday, April 22, identifying it as a distraction from more meaningful areas of research and debate on the causes of obesity and disease. In a highly attended debate at Experimental Biology 2012 in San Diego sponsored by the Corn Refiners Association, scientists expressed clearContinue reading “Sugar Showdown: Science Responds to "Fructophobia"”

No, Dr. Gupta, hummingbird fuel is not "toxic"

Sugar is toxic? Not this hummingbird’s opinion. Whenever someone asks me whether or not sugar or high-fructose corn syrup is “toxic,” I remind them that every few days I make up a simple solution of four parts boiled water and one part plain white table sugar. This I use to fill the hummingbird feeders inContinue reading “No, Dr. Gupta, hummingbird fuel is not "toxic"”