The Takeaway

Sugar Lobby Scores Sweet Deals by Souring Government Research

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Takeaway discusses how the influential and powerful sugar industry has shaped government research on dental care for years.

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State of the Re:Union

State of the Re:Union: Hawai'i: The Legacy of Sugar

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

For many Americans, Hawai'i is a tropical playground, the place of surf, sun and dream vacations. Behind the tourist façade, though, is one of the most unique multicultural states in the nation, one still dealing with the complicated legacy of the circumstances under which it become part of this country.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

"Fed Up" Shows That Sugar Makes People Fat and Sick

Friday, May 09, 2014

Added sugar in 80 percent of products sold in grocery stores has led to an epidemic in obesity in America.

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Last Chance Foods

Last Chance Foods: The Truth About High Fructose Corn Syrup

Friday, February 28, 2014

Is it really worse than table sugar? You'd be surprised, says author Michael Moss, who answers that question and discusses the ongoing battle between the sugar and corn industries.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Cut Sugar and Processed Food and Cut Obesity and Disease

Friday, January 17, 2014

Dr. Robert Lustig argues that the increased sugar in our diets has led to the pandemic of chronic disease and obesity over the last 30 years. His new book, The Fat Chance Cookbook, the follow-up to Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease, includes more than 100 recipes as well as meal plans, nutritional analyses, shopping lists, and food swaps. Dr. Lustig director of the UCSF Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health Program.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Michael Moss on How the Food Giants Hooked Us

Friday, March 08, 2013

The book Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us reveals how companies create foods to addict us - from the food science labs to the marketing campaigns.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Not Sweet on Sugar

Monday, January 14, 2013

Robert Lustig, pediatric endocrinologist and obesity expert, author of Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease, offers his take on the link between sugar and the public health obesity crisis and what to do about it.

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Here's The Thing

Robert Lustig

Monday, July 02, 2012

According to Lustig, sugar is as addictive as cocaine, heroin and crack, and it is producing the fattest, least-healthy Americans yet.  

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The Takeaway

New York City Plans a Ban of Oversized Sugary Drinks

Thursday, May 31, 2012

New York City plans to ban the sale of large sugary drinks, announced Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday. The ban, which aims to fight obesity, would impose a 16-ounce limit on the size of sweetened drinks sold at restaurants, bodegas, and movie theaters. Joining us is Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition at New York University and author of "Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety." Also with us is Jay Cowit, Takeaway Technical Director and Chief Soda Correspondent.

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Queens Sweets Shops Do Big Business During Diwali

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

During the Festival of Lights, which is observed by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains for five days, sugary confections and snacks are given as gifts and shared at home among family and friends. While some people make their own or order them from South Asia, many head to sweets stores in Jackson Heights.

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Amy Eddings' Food for Thought: 'Chocolate-Free' Doesn't Have to Mean 'Pleasure-Free'

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


I've kicked the sugar habit for the past 24 days now, as part of a detox that was supposed to last just 21 days. I'm feeling light on my feet and healthy, I've lost seven pounds, my skin and eyes are super clear ... so, why stop? One possible reason: chocolate.



Cravings Switcheroo

Friday, July 08, 2011


I am on Day 20 of my 21-Day detox under the Clean Program.  I'm almost done, but I feel like I'm just starting. I realize I haven't allowed myself to learn about why I eat when I eat.


The Takeaway

Sugar: Delicious and Deadly?

Friday, April 15, 2011

Is sugar toxic? A 90 minute YouTube video of pediatrics professor Robert Lustig trying to answer the question has counted 800,000 hits. The New York Times has an interesting piece in the magazine section that explains why sugar is on the minds of so many Americans. Marion Nestle is a professor of nutrition at New York University and the author of "What to Eat" and Barry Popkin is the distinguished professor of global nutrition at the University of North Carolina school of public health. Together they explain why sugar is a major public health risk, and what we should do to control it.

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A Spoonful of Sugar – and Then Some

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

A new public service ad by the city Health Department shows that drinking just a few sodas a day is like eating more than 90 packets of sugar.  It’s part of the city’s “Pouring on the Pounds” campaign, one of several where the city’s going for the gross-out, in the hope it will move people to change their behavior.

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Man Eats Sugar: Health Department's Latest Grossed-Straight Video

Monday, January 31, 2011

The people who brought New York the arresting images of a woman whose fingers were amputated because of a crippling nicotine addiction and the folks who showed how effortlessly soda turns into fat have unleashed a new grossed-straight video.

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The Takeaway

What's So Bad About Sweets?

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

For this week's food segment, we take our inspiration from proposed sales taxes on sweets that are sweeping the nation — from California to Mississippi and New York. Legislators, government administrators, and others say such taxes like this may help to discourage us from consuming so many 'empty calories,' and to curb the rising problem of obesity throughout the country.

Our question: Are sweets really so bad? And should we be penalized for eating them?


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The Brian Lehrer Show

Confession of a Sugar Scammer

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Dana sent this post to Your Uncommon Economic Indicators. We can only hope she feels better getting the news off her chest, but we have to wonder: is it really helping anyone through this recession to save on sweetener?

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