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26 May 2013 - BBC Radio 4's The Food Programme - Sugar: Pure, White and Deadly?

Sheila Dillon finds out why the debate about the role of sugar in our lives is hotting up. Recent books and news stories have re-awoken a forty year debate about what makes us fat.

FAB RESEARCH COMMENT:

Food and Behaviour Research were delighted to host Professor Robert Lustig's visit to the UK in March 2013, which was made possible by two important events we staged in London and Oxford where he was the keynote speaker.

1) Sugar, Fat and the Public Health Crisis 

See FAB's Youtube channel for brief interviews with Rob Lustig and other speakers. 

2) Sugar and the Brain: Food Choice, Addiction and the Mental Health Crisis

Professor Lustig's visit enabled him to take part not only in this edition of the Food Programme, but also to give many other media interviews for UK audiences, ranging from brief presentations on breakfast TV to in-depth interviews for the BMJ and the Guardian, among many others.

Sheila Dillon finds out why the debate about the role of sugar in our lives is hotting up. Recent books and news stories have re-awoken a forty year debate about what makes us fat.

Robert H. Lustig is a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California, San Francisco. A lecture he gave on sugar has attracted more than three million hits. He makes a case that sugar is problematic, not just because it contains calories, but because the fructose component of sucrose interacts with our bodies in a very specific way.

His claim that sugar not only causes obesity but a wide range of other conditions including type 2 diabetes, is disputed, but he's succeeded in capturing public attention. Sheila Dillon speaks to Robert Lustig about his research, and she explores other reasons why sugar is back in the headlines.