Should you avoid sugar?

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Many of us love the sweet pleasure that comes with sugar. It brings joy to our taste buds in desserts, soft drinks and fruits. But could sugary goodness be doing harm to our bodies?

In the fourth season of ‘Debunks’, the new podcast series from the Cosmos newsroom team and Nine Podcasts, science journalist Petra Stock explores the science behind our vices – those questionable habits that we enjoy, even if they may not be all that good for you. In this episode, she gets her bake on to investigate the science of sugar.

Joined by Dr Filippe Oliveira, a lecturer in obstetrics and gynaecology at Monash University, Dr Alexandra Jones, a public health lawyer specialising in Food Policy and Law with the George Institute for Global Health, and Dr Alan Barclay, a chef, dietician and nutritionist, they take a syrupy journey to find out if sugar should be avoided, or if a spoonful really does help.

Debunks is a science podcast that asks questions that you actually want answered. Each week a journalist in the Cosmos newsroom expertly guides listeners through the science topics of the day, from EVs and bushfires to Ozempic and vaping. Plus we unpack all the misinformation that comes with it.

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