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From diabetes to heart disease, we are seeing an unprecedented increase in diet-related illnesses throughout the country, much of it due to eating too much sugar.

Bring your questions to learn the truth behind just how much added sugar we consume, why that’s so hard to find out, and what we can do to help Americans make healthier food decisions at this week’s #FoodFri tweetchat at 1 p.m. EST on July 11, 2014.

Union of Concerned Scientists’ Gretchen Goldman, will shed light on what science tells us about the impacts of sugar—in all its various forms—on our health, how the food industry is working hard to compromise our families’ health for their profits, and ways we can see beyond food companies’ misleading marketing and get the facts.

Join us and share on Twitter!

Tweet: Learn not-so-sweet truth on #sugar, food & our health @momsrising’s #FoodFri 1pmET w @UCSUSA scientist @GretchenTG:

Tweet: Learn not-so-sweet truth on #sugar, food & our health @momsrising’s #FoodFri 1pmET w @UCSUSA scientist @GretchenTG:




To join and follow the conversation on Twitter use the #FoodFri Hashtag in each tweet.

You can also follow the chat on Twubs allows you to follow MomsRising’s registered hashtags by creating an account. Below I have noted the steps.

  1. Create an account using an email or your Twitter account.
  2. Enter the desired hashtag, #FoodFri, #WellnessWed or #EcoTipTue, in the search box found at the top of the page. Click Enter. A new page will open with the desired chat.
  3. Find the “Join This Twub” button found on the right-hand side bar and join the group.
  4. Adjust the speed of the conversation to your liking. Options are: Fast, Medium, Slow, Slower, or Slowest.
  5. Introduce yourself and join the conversation, by entering your comment, tips, or questions in the “Tweet to #FoodFri as [YourName] box”
  6. Or, respond to a specific tweet by hovering over the right-hand side of the individual’s tweet and selecting one of the icons.


More about our #FoodFri Featured Panelists:

Dr. Gretchen Goldman is a lead analyst at the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Her research focuses on how science is used and misused in public policy and she is an author of many UCS reports on this theme, including the recent reports, Added Sugar, Subtracted Science: How Industry Obscures Science and Undermines Public Health Policy on Sugar and Sugar-Coating Science: How the Food Industry Misleads Consumers on Sugar.  Dr. Goldman has been quoted in the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe,, National Journal, The Guardian, Politico, and the Hill. She holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Atmospheric Science from Cornell University.



Follow Dr. Gretchen Goldman on Twitter: @GretchenTG

Follow the Union of Concerned Scientists on Twitter: @UCSUSA

To learn more about the Union of Concerned Scientists head on over to their website,



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