The history of sugar is a complicated one. Once available to only the rich and powerful, sugar now shows up in everything from cereals and soups, to cigarettes and body scrubs. It is known to both have medicinal qualities and to contribute to a variety of health problems.
This hour we trace the history of sugar and discuss how the sugar industry may be driving a global addiction to the sweet substance.
- Marc Aronson - Associate Professor at Rutgers University and co-author of Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science
- Gary Taubes - Investigative science and health journalist and author of The Case Against Sugar: Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It
- Dr. Kathleen DesMaisons - Expert in chemical dependency treatment and author several books including Potatoes Not Prozac: Solutions for Sugar Sensitivity
Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.