#2: The Truth About Carbs & Sugar

Sugar Isn't Poison

Here’s episode 2 of the Evil Sugar Radio podcast. In this episode, we’re going to break down the truth about carbohydrates and sugar. There is a lot of misinformation about these two things in the nutrition world. We both bought a lot of it for years, believing silly things like that sugar is inherently poisonous or that certain kinds of carbohydrates are good or bad.

Episode 2 Overview

Here’s an overview of what we’ll be talking about in this episode:

  • Current Events & Craziness In The Nutrition World
    • Geoffrey Miller fat shames PhD applicants
    • People get crazy over National Donut Day
    • Paula Deen
    • Dumb comments about fruit
  • Misconceptions about carbs
    • “Carbohydrates” does not mean “processed carbohydrates”
    • White sugar is not inherently different from other types of sugars
    • Liquid calories are not inherently bad
  • The Truth About Carbs & Sugar
    • Basic physiology of carbs
    • How are carbs used?
    • The fear of sugar
    • The fear of fruit
    • The fear of grains
    • Potential benefits and dangers of low-carb diets
  • Ideas for including carbs & sugar in a healthy way


  1. I am so glad that you address issues of credibility—that is how information is believed, and spreads. This is so important. It’s too easy to become religious about food, and think a diet will solve all your problems.

    On the other hand, what do you say about the Weston Price studies, of how dramatically less healthy people were after adopting a Western diet?

    • Hey Chris,
      I think Weston Price is probably correct that a move to a Western diet is detrimental. I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately…it’s almost certainly not the gluten or the dairy or the whatever that causes people issues, but the overload of highly refined and processed foods. High in calories, low in vitamins and minerals. Unfortunately, the modern “lifestyle” diets (WAPF, Paleo, Vegan) seem to be following a myth of nutrient-density where all you have to do is eat nutrient-dense foods (i.e., calorie-poor foods) and you’ll be fine. I think we’re finding that’s not true either with all of the health issues we see in these communities (“adrenal fatigue,” anyone?). My opinion: calories matter, nutrients matter, and getting enough of both is key. So I’d guess what Price saw was people adopting a low-nutrient, higher calorie diet and the resultant issues that arise from that.

      I hope that answers your question


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