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FEATURING GARY TAUBES – ‘Tis the season for holiday cheer and presents, and also sugar. Lots and lots of sugar. Gingerbread houses, Christmas cookie swaps, fruit cakes, pies, and tarts, and eggnog. But what if we treated sugar the way we treat smoking? Our holiday parties rarely feature a room full of smokers as kids run around because today we know very well the inherent health risks of cigarettes and second-hand smoke.

My guest Gary Taubes makes the case that sugar consumption ought to be treated the same way that smoking has been treated – as a disease causing chemical that has gone through the same public relations treatment that the tobacco industry once pioneered.

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Gary Taubes, investigative science and health journalist and co-founder of the non-profit Nutrition Science Initiative ( He is the author several books including Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It (2011) and Good Calories, Bad Calories (2007). He received the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research and was the first print journalist to win the National Association of Science Writers Science in Society Journalism Award three times. His latest book first released in 2016 is called The Case Against Sugar. The book is just out in paperback.

** This segment was originally broadcast on December 21, 2017.

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