Hopefully you’re hooked on our new UCTV Prime YouTube series, “The Skinny on Obesity” (the first program already has more than 21,000 views!) If so, you’ll gobble up the second episode, “Sickeningly Sweet,” which is a heck of a lot better for you than its topic — sugar.
It took Dr. Robert Lustig 90-minutes to break down “The Bitter Truth” about sugar in his now famous UCTV YouTube video. But in “Sickeningly Sweet,” he and his UCSF colleagues, Elissa Epel and Barbara Laraia of the Center for Obesity Assessment, Study and Treatment, give you the nuts and bolts –and more –in nine informative minutes. Repeat after me: “A calorie is not a calorie.”
This isn’t just “sugar is bad for you” stuff we’re talking about. By the time you’re done watching, you’ll understand the chemical make-up of sugar (glucose and fructose), how your body metabolizes it (hint: just like alcohol, a toxin), and how and why the rise in global sugar consumption is directly linked to the worldwide obesity epidemic and the precipitous rise in metabolic disease. It’s not good for your liver, it’s not good for society and it’s certainly not good for you.
So why the heck does it have to taste so good?? Don’t worry, we’ll get to that in future episodes. But for now, let’s find out why something so sweet is making us so sick.
And here’s a trailer for next week’s episode, “Hunger and Hormones – A Vicious Cycle.”