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Published on January 11th, 2010 | by Becky Striepe

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The Hazards of Sugar: Complete Lecture [VIDEO]

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If you’re an avid Eat. Drink. Better. reader, you know sugar’s not exactly ideal. You probably also know that we’re eating an overly-sweetened diet due mostly to corn-based sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. In a recent lecture, University of California San Francisco professor Robert Lustig dug deep into the real hazards of sugar, from its effects on our bodies to its strong link to the obesity epidemic. The complete lecture, Sugar: The Bitter Truth, is below.

The lecture is a little less than 90 minutes, broken into nine videos. It’s a bit of a time commitment, but it’s worth the watch. Lustig does a fantastic job of breaking down not just sugar’s effects but how we got to where we are today and his thoughts on how we can really fight obesity.

  • Part One

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  • Part Two

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  • Part Three

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  • Part Four

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  • Part Five

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  • Part Six

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  • Part Seven

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  • Part Eight

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  • Part Nine

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So what do you guys think? I was particularly shocked by the chart showing the rise in obesity since the government began encouraging us to reduce our dietary fat intake from 40% to 30% of our diets. The part linking high blood pressure and sugar-sweetened beverages really struck me, too. Did anything in the lecture stick with you?


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Hi there! I'm Becky Striepe, a green crafter and vegan foodie living in Atlanta, Georgia with my husband and two cats. My mission is to make eco-friendly crafts and vegan food accessible to anyone who wants to give them a go. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .



3 Responses to The Hazards of Sugar: Complete Lecture [VIDEO]

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  2. Olusola says:

    This is a necessary enlightenment for those who know less about sugar and its side effects. I also have an article talking about the various effects of table sugar. Keep the good work up

    Thanks
    Olusola

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