Controversies in Nutrition: Letting Science Be the Guide

Few topics are more controversial than nutrition. With new scientific findings published daily and vast amounts of media advertising about what food to eat and what supplements to take, how do we know how to eat to stay healthy? This UCSF Osher Mini Medical series presents an interdisciplinary team of UCSF clinicians and scientists who explore the concept of healthy eating and explain the molecular and hormonal basis of energy balance and appetite control. You will learn why it is so hard to keep pounds off, what supplements and vitamins to take and which ones to avoid, and why certain diets work and others don't. (from

1. Obesity: Ten Things You Thought You Knew
Dr. Robert Baron, UCSF Professor of Medicine, is an expert on obesity and related topics in nutrition and chronic disease. Here he explores ten things you thought you knew.

2. Sugar: The Bitter Truth
Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, explores the damage caused by sugary foods. He argues that fructose (too much) and fiber (not enough) appear to be cornerstones of the obesity epidemic through their effects on insulin.

3. Fad Diets: Do They Really Work?
Andrea Garber, UCSF Division of Adolescent Medicine, is a nutritionist and a registered dietitian. Her research focuses on obesity and eating disorders. Here she explores fad diets and if they work.

4. Nutrition in a Bottle: A Scientific Review of Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements
Dr. Ellen Hughes, internist and integrative medicine specialist at UCSF's Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, explores the value of vitamins, minerals and supplements.

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