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Ezra Klein

Sugar, Explained

by Ezra Klein

Sugar, Explained

Ezra Klein

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This episode of the Netflix documentary series outlines why attempts to replace sugar haven't been successful, and why we must change our approach to the infamous white powder.

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Sugar, Explained

by Ezra Klein

Sugar, Explained

Ezra Klein

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For most of human existence, sugar was essential for survival - a natural source of energy found in fruits, vegetables, and more. However, in the last 200 years, the way that humans used sugar has completely changed.

Explained is a Netflix documentary series from Vox Media that seeks to illuminate both the fascinating and mundane aspects of our modern world. Produced by Ezra Klein, Joe Posner, Claire Gordon, and Tanya Lukyanova, this episode dives into the history of the world's most popular sweeteners, while breaking down the myths around them. Despite the confusing mixed messages over the years, sugar may not be the enemy we think it is.

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"Think of our ancestors: they were hunters and gatherers, and for them, sugar was one of the fastest sources of energy. So they evolved to crave sugar and when they found it, to eat it."

Dr. Darria Long, creator of SugarFix

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