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Weighing the latest health risks of sugar




Krispy Kreme doughnuts are seen outside their store in Washington, DC, December 1, 2016.
Krispy Kreme doughnuts are seen outside their store in Washington, DC, December 1, 2016.
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We’ve all heard it--sugar is the enemy.

From its history as an ingredient in cigarettes to its connection to high fructose corn syrup, sugar has been inextricably linked to our lives and our diets. But health risks related to it may be worse than we thought. Obesity, liver disease and diabetes have been linked to sugar’s dietary overuse. So how have we gotten here and how serious is the threat of a sweet tooth? In his new book, “The Case Against Sugar,” author Gary Taubes  argues that sugar is the primary cause of the chronic illnesses most likely to kill us - diabetes, cancer, and heart disease, not to mention susceptibility to Alzheimers.

Is sugar truly toxic - like tobacco? Larry speaks to Taubes today for a deeper perspective on how harmful sugar really is.

Guests:

Gary Taubes, science writer and author of many books, including his latest, “The Case Against Sugar” (Knopf, 2016)

David Ludwig, MD., a practicing endocrinologist and professor at Harvard Medical School. He is the author of the book, “Always Hungry?: Conquer Cravings, Retrain Your Fat Cells, and Lose Weight Permanently” (Grand Central Life & Style, 2016)