Touro professor's BBC interview about fructose-obesity link on YouTube

Times-Herald staff report/

An interview that Touro University bio chemistry professor Jean-Marc Schwarz had with a British documentary filmmaker about what is fueling the obesity epidemic aired this week, a school official said.

Schwarz's interview is part of a four-part show on changes in the U.S. and British food industries during the 1970s and 1980s and whether those changes are behind the obesity epidemic.

Schwarz is capturing worldwide attention as researchers try to determine if high fructose corn syrup is a cause of the rapid rise in obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

A Touro professor since 2004, Schwarz conducts laboratory research on the Mare Island campus to determine how high fructose corn syrup impacts the liver.

Preliminary findings indicate the substance, when consumed in large quantities, may accelerate production of fat cells.

High fructose corn syrup is a sweetener made by processing corn. It is less expensive to produce than sugar derived from cane or beets and is a widespread additive.

The BBC segment with Schwarz's interview can be found at