Robert Lustig Media Archives

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Robert Lustig: Godfather of the Sugar Tax by Izabella Kaminska, Financial Times, March 18, 2016

We Don't Mean to Ruin Smoothies, But... by Tom Philpott, Mother Jones, March 16, 2016

Sweet and Sour interview by Beth Saulnier, Cornell Alumni Magazine, March/April 2016

Sugar: The Newest and Bitterest Truth presentation by Dr. Robert Lustig at UC Berkeley Haas Dean's Speaker Series, February 29, 2016

Nutritionists Offer Ways to Get the Sugar Monkey Off Your Back by John F. Gilmore III, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 16, 2016

Sugar-Is That the Culprit of Our Aches, Pains, and Weight Issues? Interview with Ronn Owens, KGO810, February 4, 2016

Americans Say They Are Trying To Cut Sugar Intake by Chris Prentice, Reuters, February 2, 2016

Friday Feedback: If Sugar Is the Enemy, What Are the Weapons? by Molly Walker, Medpage Today, January 22, 2016

Obesity Scientist Says Modern Diet Needs Less Sugar; Rep. David Jolly Ditches Personal Fundraising audiocast by Rob Lorei, 88.5 WMNF Radio, January 21, 2016

Changing Your Diet, For Life by Geoffrey Riley and Emily Cureton, Jefferson Public Radio, January 20, 2016

Sugar Crash--A Documentary about Sugar and Disease, January 13, 2016

Experts Say Lobbying Skewed the U.S. Dietary Guidelines by Markham Heid, Time, January 8, 2016

New Government Dietary Guidelines Recommend Limiting Added Sugars by Tiffany Wilson, ABC7News, January 7, 2016

Here's What 10 Experts Think of the Government's New Diet Advice by Alexandra Sifferlin, Time, January 7, 2016

Game-Changers 2015: Rethinking Fat by Roger Sergel, Medpage Today, January 4, 2016


In Defense of Food the film, Too Much Sugar segment by Michael Pollan, PBS, December 30, 2015

This Junk-Food-Funded Elementary School Curriculum is Bonkers by Julia Lurie, Mother Jones, December 2, 2015

How Sweet It Is with Dr. Robert Lustig podcast by Eating Matters on Heritage Radio Network, November 19, 2015

FDA Says Americans Should Cut Added Sugar by Marisa Taylor, Al Jazeera America, November 12, 2015

Less Sugar May Mean Better Insulin Sensitivity in Obese Children by Parker Brown, Medpage Today, November 9, 2015

Cutting Sugar Improves Kids' Health in 10 Days by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, November 7, 2015

Here's a Diet That Actually Works, and Has the Science to Prove It by Tom Philpott, Mother Jones, November 2, 2015

Sugar Officially Worse For You Than Fat, Says Science by Caithlin Pena,

Here's Why Cutting Sugar Intake Is Sweet For Your Child's Health by Katrina Pascual, Tech Times, October 30, 2015

Dramatic Effect Of Limiting Sugar For 9 Days, New Zealand Herald, October 29, 2015

Food Companies Should Stop Fighting The Obvious: Sugar Is Ruining Our Health by Robert Lustig, Washington Post, October 29, 2015

Cutting Sugar From Kids' Diets Appears To Have A Beneficial Effect In Just 10 Days by Ariana Eunjung Cha, Washington Post, October 28, 2015

Cutting Sugar Improves Children's Health In Just 10 Days by Anahad O'Connor, New York Times, October 27, 2015

Restricting Sugar, Not Calories, Found To Improve Youths' Health by Victoria Colliver, San Francisco Chronicle, October 27, 2015

Sugar Is Definitely Toxic, A New Study Says by Alice Park,, October 27, 2015

These Kids Stopped Eating Added Sugar And Then They Got Healthier by Anna Almendrala, Huffington Post, October 27, 2015

Sugar Isn't Just Empty, Fattening Calories --It's Making Us Sick by Robert Lustig, The Conversation, October 27, 2015

Removing Sugar From Diet For Just Nine Days Can Have 'Dramatic Results,' New Study Claims by Rose Troup Buchanan, Independent, October 27, 2015

Cutting Sugar 'Can Improve Health In Nine Days' by Laura Donnelly, Telegraph, October 27, 2015

Cutting Sugar For 9 Days Made Kids Look Healthier: Study by Maggie Fox, NBC News, October 27, 2015

Health Threat Of Sugar Is Vastly Underestimated, Study Claims by Sarah Boseley, Guardian, October 27, 2015

Study Links Sugar To Conditions That Lead To Diabetes, Heart Disease In Children by Betsey McKay and Mike Esterl, Wall Street Journal, October 27, 2015

No Doubt Sugar Is Toxic, Linked To Metabolic Syndrome by Rihanna John,, October 27, 2015

McGraw Cancer Awareness Symposium Focuses On Processed Food by Sam Wildow, Troy Daily News, October 27, 2015

Obese Children's Health Rapidly Improves After Reducing Sugar In Small Study by News Staff, Science 2.0, October 27, 2015

What Happens When Sugary Foods Are Cut by Betsey McKay and Mike Esterl,, October 27, 2015

Cutting Sugar Boosts Kids' Health Immediately by Dennis Thompson, HealthDay News, October 27, 2015

Is Cutting Sugar A Quick Fix For Children's Health? by Dennis Thompson, CBS News, October 27, 2015

The Science Is In: The Case For A Sugar Tax Is Overwhelming by Robert Lustig, Guardian, October 27, 2015

Obese Children's Health Rapidly Improves With Sugar Reduction Unrelated To Calories by Juliana Bunim, UCSF News, October 27, 2015

Frequently Asked Questions about Isocaloric Fructose Restriction And Metabolic Improvement In Children With Obesity And Metabolic Syndrome by Robert Lustig, Institute for Responsible Nutrition, October 27, 2015

Lustig, R. H., Mulligan, K., Noworolski, S. M., Tai, V. W., Wen, M. J., Erkin-Cakmak, A., Gugliucci, A. and Schwarz, J.-M. (2015), Isocaloric fructose restriction and metabolic improvement in children with obesity and metabolic syndrome. Obesity. doi: 10.1002/oby.21371

UNC Draws Flak For Naming Children's Clinic After Donut Maker by Parker Brown, Medpage Today, October 20, 2015

19 Ways To Give Up Sugar by Rodale Wellness Blog, Huffington Post, October 16, 2015

You Asked: Should I Count Calories? by Markham Heid,, October 14, 2015

9 Big Fat Lies You Believe About Fat by Elizabeth Narins,, October 5, 2015

Is This The Real Reason We Are Obese? Doctor Says Australians Have Been Duped Into Overdosing On The 'Dangerous' And 'Toxic' Food That Is Sugar Because They Are Trying To Eat Low GI by Emily Crane, Daily Mail Australia, September 3, 2015

Processed Food: An Experiment That Failed, 2015 EAT Food Forum, June 2, 2015


Robert Lustig: The Man Who Believes Sugar is Poison by Zoe Williams, Guardian, August 24, 2014

Sugar: A Love/Hate Relationship. Why We Can't Ever Give Up the Sweet Stuff by Mary Meehan, Forbes, August 18, 2014

Rare Condition Makes Kids Intensely Hungry 24/7, abcNews, August 15, 2014

Off sugar, and wanting to tear my eyes out by William F.B. O'Reilly, Newsday, August 15, 2014

Low carb athlete raises 200,000 dollars for no-sugar campaign by rowing for 45 days by Joanne Eglash;, August 15, 2014

Sweet Revenge: Dr. Robert Lustig Explains How to Cut Sugar, Lose Weight, and Turn the Tables on Processed Foods by Shelby Pope, KQED, August 6, 2014

Viewpoints: Don't believe industry-paid 'experts' on soda and diabetes by Robert Lustig & Michael Goran; The Sacramento Bee, July 23, 2014

Sugar: The "Ditch" of American Health Care by Robert Lustig, San Francisco Medical Society Magazine, Vol 87, No 6, July/Aug 2014, pages 17-18 

Healthy, wealthy and wise? by Robert Lustig, C3 Collaborating for Health, London, UK, July 11, 2014

Professor Robert Lustig in Parliament on Sugar, Valerie Vaz MP blog, July 9, 2014

Prof Lustig: Food industry worse than drug dealers Channel 4 News

Double Dipping to 'Save' Our Health Care System: One group is trying to gut nutrition standards and, in the process, deep-six Obamacare by Robert Lustig, US News Health & Wellness, June 11, 2014

How Sugar Went From a Condiment to a Diet Staple by Robert Lustig, TIME, June 3, 2014

'Sugar is Poison' - All In With Chris HayesM A spot on the new documentary, FedUp. 

Is a Calorie Just a Calorie? Why Overdosing on Sugar Could Be Killing You with Joe and Terry Graedon, the People's Pharmacy, May 24, 2014

KPFK Background Briefing, NPR Los Angeles, Dr. Lustig's contribution begins on Minute 22

Dr. Lustig on Real Time with Bill Maher HBO, May 16, 2014 The video here is the Overtime portion of the show. The interview can be seen here. Overtime: May 16, 2014

One Man Against Sugar by Sam Apple

Why All Calories Are Not Created Equal: Dr. Robert Lustig on the Science of Sugar, KCRW Good Food, May 16, 2014

MIT Technology Review, Apriil 23, 2014

View from the Nutritional Battlefield by Robert Lustig, M.D., M.S.L., A Sweet Life, May 1, 2014

Dinner in 30 Minutes: Fat Chance? by Rheanna O'Neil Bellomo, Parents: goodyblog, April 3, 2014

Physician-author spreads the 'bitter truth' about bad food by Rebecca Heliot, Houston Chronicle, March 25, 2014

Contest teaches students how to cook, eat well by Jill Tucker, SFGate, March 18, 2014 

WHO: 5 percent of calories should be from sugar by Maria Cheng, The State, March 5th, 2014

Special report: Sugar - the bitter truth? by Anna Pursglove, Mail Online, March 1, 2014

Fat and Fiction (and Sugar) by Kara Miller and Amanda McGowan, WGBH News, Innovation Hub, February 20, 2014

Learning to Cut the Sugar by Anahad O'Connor, The New York Times Well Blog, February 19, 2014

The plot to make Big Food pay by Helena Bottemiller Evich, Politico, February 12, 2014

John Yudkin: the man who tried to warn us about sugar by Julia Llewellyn Smith, The Sydney Morning Herald, February 12, 2014

7 Surprising Reasons to Give Up Sugar by Leah Zerbe, abcNEWS, January 26, 2014

Dr. Lustig on Kron4 speaking about what you can do to reduce your sugar intake and promoting his new cookbook - The Fat Chance Cookbook.

Fat Chance: What's Wrong With Our Food? Quantity or Quality? by Robert Lustig
Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, January 17, 2014

Listen to Robert Lustig on The Leonard Lopate Show, with guest host Jonathan Capehart

Life is Sweet? An interview with Robert Lustig by Kate Womersley 
remedianetwork, January 3, 2014

The Sugar Addiction Taboo: When an you call a food addictive? by Robert Lustig
The Atlantic, January 2, 2014


Doing the Sugar Math for Halloween: Research explains kids' cravings but fails to find evidence of 'sugar highs' by Bonnie Rochman
The Wall Street Journal, October 28, 2013

Fructose: the poison index - A ruling on fructose boosts the powerful sugar industry, either by incompetence of collusion, but is based on pseudoscience by Robert Lustig
The Guardian, October 21st, 2013

Sugar - the elephant in the kitchen, Robert Lustig at TEDxBermuda

October 19, 2013, Fat Chance: Fructose 2.0

Eating for Health (and Pleasure): The UCSF Guide to Good Nutrition 10/21/2013

The Secrets of Sugar by Ronna Syed and Allya Davidson, The Fifth Estate: Canada's Premier Investigative Program, October 4, 2013

Sugar: The Bitter Truth - A radio interview by Doug Fabrizio, KUER, Salt Lake City: Radio West, October 3, 2013 

We're all sugar junkies now: Britons now wolf down an almost unimaginable 160 teaspoons of it a week - and the even worse news? It really IS addictive by Rosie Boycott, UK Daily Mail Online, September 14th, 2013

How and Why to Rid Sugar from your Diet: Robert Lustig creates a shopping guide to spot sugar in your foodby Rachel Pomerance
USNews, September 12, 2013

Oh sugar: fructose, the sweet white poison by Anthony King, The Irish Times, September 12, 2013

Is sugar toxic? By Greg Dixon, The New Zealand Herald, September 6, 2013

Is sugar a toxin? Experts debate the role of fructose in our obesity epidemic by Tamar Haspel, The Washington Post, September 2, 2013

Sugar Policy, Health Care, and the Law - C-Span Video, August 28, 2013

Weight Gain is More than Just a Behavior (with special guest Dr. Robert Lustig), Nutritional Weight and Wellness, August 24, 2013

Skeptick Check: Got a Sweet Truth? Big Picture Science at the SETI Institute, August 19, 2013

Listen to Rob on Radio New Zealand talking about Sugar, August 2013.

The Truth About Sugar by Doug Fabrizio, RadioWest | Likuer, August 13, 2013. An article and radio interview.

Toxic Sugar? Rob on Catalyst ABC Television in Australia, August 8, 2013.

Is Sugar Really Toxic? Sifting through the Evidence by Ferris Jabr, Scientific American Blog Network, July 15, 2013

Read, "Sugar Love (A not so sweet story)" in National Geographic by Rich Cohen. It's the story of sugar.

Is Boy Scouts' ban on the severely obese severely misguided? by Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times: Science Now, July 16, 2013

We're exercising more but still fighting obesity, study shows by Noam N. Levey and Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times, July 10, 2013

A Conversation with Robert Lustig, MD, MSL by Stanford T. Shulman, MD, Pediatric Annals, July 2013 - Volume 42, Issue 7, p. 296

Endocrinologist tells Ideas Fest audience: Sugar is the root of all evil by Gail P. Montany, Aspen Business Journal, June 29, 2013

Robert Lustig: A Calorie is Not a Calorie - Interview at the Aspen Ideas Festival, genConnect, June 29, 2013

GRAS? Smoke It, Don't Eat It by Rob Lustig, Huffington Post Blog 

Listen to Dr. Lustig on Your Legal Rights, KALW. May 22, 2013

Watch Dr. Lustig on the Swedish program, korrespondenterna. April 2, 2013

Sugar - the elephant in the kitchen, Robert Lustig at TEDxBermuda

The Truth About Sugar by Heather Millar, Prevention Magazing, March 2013

Ten local innovators speculate about what will come to pass - and cease to exist - within the next ten yearsby Annie Tittiger, San Francisco Magazine, March 29th, 2013

Why hours at the gym may not translate into the bikini body you're hoping for on The Cycle, March 28, 2013

Fat Chance on The Colbert Report with Steven Colbert!, March 28th, 2013

Public Defenders; Aleksandar Hemon; Typhoid Mary; and Robert Lusting on Sugar, Fat, and Health on The Leonard Lopate Show
March 28th, 2013

Sugar, not fat, exposed as deadly villain in obesity epidemic by Sarah Boseley, The Guardian, March 20th, 2013

Balaji Ravichandran: Sugar is the new tobacco by BMJ Group, BMJ Group Blogs, March 15th, 2013

Sugar's Role in Rise of Diabetes Gets Clearer by Eliza Barclay,, March 1st, 2013

Availability of sugar influences rate of diabetes, study says by Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, February 27th, 2013

It's the Sugar, Folks by Mark Bittman, The New York Times Opinion Pages, February 27th, 2013

Still Believe 'A Calorie is a Calorie'? by Robert Lustig, MD, HuffPost Healthy Living, February 27th, 2013

Sugar War: Is the sweet stuff toxic? with Charlie Rose and Norah O'Donnell
CBS This Morning

Food Fight! by Kevin Featherly, Delta Sky Magazine, February 2013

Rob talks with Michael Krasny:

Fat Chance: 11 common-sense tips to eat, live healthier (slide show), Washington Post, January 25, 2013

What sugar really does to your body by Deborah Kotz,, January 16, 2013

Author dishes on food industry's role in obesity by Monica Eng, Chicago Tribune, January 16, 2013

Dr. Robert H. Lustig talks sugar, 'Fat Chance' by Georgia Kral, AM New York, January 15, 2013

The Fallacies of Fat (audio), Science Friday

Opinion: A fast-food, sugar fiasco by Robert Lustig, CNN Health, January 11, 2013

How Sugar Sneaks Into Your Diet by Ava Feuer, Redbook, January 11, 2013

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Defusing the health care time bomb by Rob Lustig, SFGate, January 5, 2013

Big food companies should start to worry about tobacco-like lawsuits by Stephanie Gruner Buckley, Quartz, January 3, 2013

How much 'invisible' sugar do you eat? by Samuel Muston, The Independent, January 3, 2013

Fat and sugar are just as deadly as cigarettes by Camilla Cavendish, The Times, January 3, 2013

Too much sugar in diet to be blamed for obesity epidemic, The Siasat Daily, January 2, 2013

The Sweet Lowdown: Exposing the Unhealthy Truth About Sugar by Stephanie Schomer, The Oprah Magazine, January 2013

Crack For Kids by Andrew Sullivan, The Daily Beast, January 1, 2013

Dr. Robert Lustig crusades against sugar by Erin Allday, SFGate, January 1, 2013

Is sugar the next tobacco? by Elizabeth Weil, Salon, January 1, 2013


The REAL reason you eat too much: New theory could revoluntionise the way we lose weight by Louise Atkinson, Mail Online, December 31, 2012

The low fad diet by Tim Rayment, The Sunday Times, December 30, 2012

Bring Back Home Ec -- and This Time, for Boys, Too! by Robert Lustig, Cindy Gershen, and Shane Valentine, The Huffington Post (The Blog), December 27, 2012

Sugar Controversies: Should government restrict sugar consumption? by Marcia Clemmitt, CQ Researcher, November 30, 2012

Le sucre, c'est pas du gateau by Catherine Girard (French), Quebec Science, November 23, 2012

Would you coupe without your annual sugar fix? I went through 40 bags a year before I quit on my dangerous addiction by Alice Smellie

UK Mail Online, November 10, 2012

Toxic Sugar by Clare Pain, Cosmos: The Science of Everything

Die suBe Droge by Von Shafy, Samiha (in German), Der Speigel

Robert Lustig:"Nuestro actual ambiente nutricional es toxico por exceso de azucar y falta de fibra" by Nora Bar (in Spanish), La Nacion

The Truth About Sugar by Rachael Moeller Gorman, Eating Well: Where Good Taste Meets Good Health 

Swapping Out Sugary Soda for Diet Drinks May Help Tip the Scale In Your Favor by Allison Aubrey, NPR The Salt: What's On Your Plate 

Episode #19: Robert Lustig, Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin

A Thought for Food, June 27th, 2012

Sugar in the Morning, Sugar in the Evening, Sugar at Suppertime Podcast with David Hoffman, presented by Science & the City and the Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science

Mother Jones, June 18th, 2012

Soda: Ban it? Nah. Tax it? Yep. by Maddie Oatman

Is a Soda Tax a Good Idea? by Kiera Butler & Maddie Oatman

The Men Who Made Us Fat: A 12 Part YouTube Documentary by Jacques Peretti; Rob is featured in part 3 June 15, 2012

The Guardian (UK), June 11, 2012

Why our food is making us fat by Jacques Peretti

60 Minutes (Australia), June 8,2012

Sweet Poison*, reported by Allison Langdon 

USA Today, June 8, 2012 Health advocates go sour on sugar by Nanci Hellmich

New York Daily News, June 3, 2012, Sugar is killing us by Robert H. Lustig

Project Syndicate: A World of Ideas, May 28, 2012

The Diet Debacle by Robert H. Lustig

The New York Times, April 21, 2012, When a Sugar High Isn't Enough by David Segal

Los Angeles Times, April 14, 2012, Sounding the Sugar Alarms by Chris Woolston

UCTV Prime: The Skinny on Obesity Series, April 13th through May 25th, 2012

Yale Rudd Center Food Policy & Obesity, April 4th, 2012 Sugar and Processed Food

Childhood Obesity

ABC News Good Morning America, April 4, 2012, Sugar Regulated as a "Controlled Substance"?

NY Daily News, April 2, 2012, Sugar is as Addictive as Cocaine by Lindsay Goldwert

60 Minutes, April 1, 2012

Is Sugar Toxic? by Sanjay Gupta, 60 Minutes Overtime: Sugar and Kids: The Toxic Truth

The New York Times, March 30, 2012, Puberty Before Age 10: 'A New Normal'? by Elizabeth Weil

NPR: On Point with Tom Ashbrook, March 1, 2012, Regulating Sugar

Foodconsumer, February 27, 2012

Insulin and Fructose, the Cause of Obesity? by Dr. Mercola

NPR with Ira Flatow on Science Friday, February 17, 2012, Should Sugar be Regulated like Alcohol?

The Atlantic, February 21, 2012, The Most Unhappy of Pleasures: This is Your Brain on Sugar by Rob Lustig

JumpstartMD Lecture, February 3, 2012, Dangers of Sugar - Part 1

New York Daily News, February 3, 2012, Should sugar be taxed like tobacco and alcohol?

Nature 482, pages 27-29, February 1, 2012, Public Health: The Toxic Truth About Sugar by Robert H. Lustig, Laura A. Schmidt, and Claire D. Brindis

CNN Health, February 1, 2012, Opinion: Why we should regulate sugar like alcohol by Laura Schmidt

UCSF News Center, February 1, 2012, Societal Control of Sugar Essential to Ease Public Health Burden by Juliana Bunim


Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, November 14th, 2011, Is Sugar Toxic?, a podcast

Que Pasa: Tecnologia & Ciencia (in Spanish), Sin azucar, por favor by Francisco Aravena F.

Folha de San Paulo, July 24, 2011, Acucar causa dependencia como alcool e cigarro, diz medico (in Portuguese) by Patricia Campos Mello

2011 COAST/UCOP Symposium on UCTV, July 19, Sugar Highs and Lows: How to Have a Sweet Ending - Interventions to Reduce Sugar Consumption, with Dr. Robert Lustig, View the PowerPoint presentation here.

KQED Public Radio Forum, April 21, 2011, Sugar and Health

New York Times, April 13, 2011, Is Sugar Toxic? by Gary Taubes


UCSF News Center, March 11, 2010, UCSF Lecture on Sugar & Obesity Goes Viral as Experts Confront Health Crisis by Kate Vidinsky


New York Daily News, October 20, 2009, High fructose corn syrup fuels our latest addiction epidemic by Dave Moore and Bill Manville

UCTV UCSF Osher Mini Medical School for the Public, July 27, 2009, Sugar: The Bitter Truth


BBC News, August 19, 2006, 'Toxic diets' fuel child obesity

KQED Public Radio: forum with Michael Kransy, August 15, 2006, Obesity & Starvation

SF Gate, April 12, 2006, Obese? A 'poisoned' food supply may be to blame, UCSF Expert Says by Erin Allday

UCSF News Center, August 11, 2006, Childhood obesity caused by "toxic environment" of Western diets, study says by Phyllis Brown

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