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Published on January 11th, 2010 | by Becky Striepe

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The Hazards of Sugar: Complete Lecture [VIDEO]


[Image Credit: Sugar. Creative Commons photo by Uwe Hermann]

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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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .



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