Episode 65

Sugar facts and fiction with Dr Tim Crowe


April 8th, 2021

46 mins 26 secs

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About this Episode

What if sugar isn’t as bad as it’s made out to be? Nathan discusses all things sugar with career research scientist and educator Dr Tim Crowe. Dr Crowe draws on 25 years in research to address conflicting information in the field of nutrition. He hosts the popular podcast Thinking Nutrition and is co-author of the book Understanding Nutrition. If you’re looking for a research update on sugar, you came to the right place.

*Highlights *

Sugar chemistry 101 (6:00)
Does fructose cause weight gain? (14:30)

Examining sugar addiction (19:00)
Myth busting - is there a connection between sugar and hyperactivity? (22:20)
Non-nutritional sweeteners: helpful or harmful? (28:00)
Artificial sweeteners and the microbiome (34:00)
Do we need a sugar tax? (38:00)

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Links to research mentioned:

Declining consumption of added sugars and sugar-sweetened beverages in Australia: a challenge for obesity prevention - https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28275129/

Sugar and artificially sweetened beverages and risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and all-cause mortality: a dose-response meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies - https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32529512/

Effect of fructose instead of glucose or sucrose on cardiometabolic markers: a systematic review and meta-analysis of isoenergetic intervention trials -https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33029629/

Which foods may be addictive? The roles of processing, fat content, and glycemic load - https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25692302/

Non-nutritive sweeteners for diabetes mellitus - https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32449201/