In this podcast Tabitha talks to Maggie Westwater, one of the authors behind a study looking into misconceptions behind the notion of sugar addiction.

We talk about:

– Animal studies into addiction and what they can tell us about human behaviour.

– What studies into drug and other types of addiction can tell us about “sugar addiction.”

– How restriction, not addiction, looks to be the driver behind binge eating behaviours.

– Artificial sweetners and how they affect the way we desire foods.

– Binge eating development and the role of restriction.

– Why “food addiction” can be a problematic use of language.


Westwater, M.L., Fletcher, P.C. & Ziauddeen, H. Eur J Nutr (2016) 55(Suppl 2): 55.

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