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”

Review: For God, Country, & Coca-Cola (revised 3rd Edition)

When Mark Pendergrast was a boy, his mother refused to allow Coca-Cola in the house. She told him it would rot his teeth, disturb his sleep, and pollute his body with chemicals. Her warnings backfired, however, only making “something mysterious and enticing about the dark, bubbly liquid.” He’d go on to sneak a sip ofContinue reading “Review: For God, Country, & Coca-Cola (revised 3rd Edition)”

Just a spoonful of sugary drink confusion

Are sugary drinks to blame for obesity and diabetes or have they been simply served up by the media, politicians, and even some scientists as a scapegoat for all of society’s ills? In recent months, the question has sparked harsh words, flared tempers, op-eds, demonization, and even talk of creating policy that would ban orContinue reading “Just a spoonful of sugary drink confusion”

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”

Videos from the EB2012 Sugar Showdown and a Few Comments from Dr. Lustig

If you’ve been following this blog, then you’re probably aware that back in April I blogged about a highly attended debate at Experimental Biology 2012 in San Diego (dubbed the #sugarshowdown in a hashtag on Twitter; here’s the Storify story in case you missed it). The event was sponsored by the Corn Refiners Association.   InContinue reading “Videos from the EB2012 Sugar Showdown and a Few Comments from Dr. Lustig”

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"”