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"The Truth about Sugar" on BBC Earth

Photo Credit: BBC Earth

Photo Credit: BBC Earth

It’s everyone’s favourite sweet treat and one of food’s greatest pleasures, but sugar is increasingly being portrayed in the papers as a major health risk.

But what’s so bad about a few sweet treats and what exactly does sugar do in the body that makes it such a problem? Journalist Fiona Phillips is determined to sort fact from fiction as she looks beyond the sensational headlines to uncover the truth.

It’s a journey full of discoveries as she uncovers why some of us have more of a sweet tooth than others, which sugars you can enjoy guilt free, why there is so much sugar hidden in food you would think was purely savoury and what effect sugary drinks have on the appetite.

To find out what too much sugar really does to our bodies Fiona will help four Brits, whose sugar heavy diets could be putting their health at risk, to change their ways. From coming up with low sugar recipes to finding ways to beat the sweet cravings they will see whether cutting back to the levels suggested by health authorities is really achievable and what the benefits actually are. As the dieters progress on their journey it soon becomes clear that the transformations will be dramatic.

But this seemingly simple quest proves a superhuman challenge as Fiona discovers that sugar is hidden in places she never imagined. From ketchup to, pad thai and bran flakes, many of our seemingly savoury supermarket foods contain surprisingly high levels of sugar. Incredibly even some healthy looking drinks like smoothies can contain your entire recommended sugar allowance in a single glass.

Fiona will also find out why manufacturers are adding so much sugar to their products. She will uncover how much exacting research goes into identifying the precise amount of sugar that will appeal to consumers.

Additionally Fiona will navigate the confusing world of sugar labelling and find out what information on packets you really need to look for if you want to know how much sugar you are actually eating.
Top scientists will also have incredible revelations as brain scans reveal why some of us have strong sugar cravings and why liquid sugar could be the biggest danger of all.

Informative, entertaining and at times truly shocking, The Truth about Sugar will show why we still need to take a whole new look at one of our favourite and most problematic ingredients

BBC Earth is on Starhub Channel 407.

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