Soda. We’ve all had it. But why is it so difficult to find accurate information on soda consumption? How did the industry get to where it is today, and what advocacy groups and consumers are doing to fight back. In this edition of The Secret Ingredient, we talk with Marion Nestle about her latest book “Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning).” You can find out more about Marion on her website: http://www.foodpolitics.com/

We talk with anthropologist Sidney Mintz about his seminal work “Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar In Modern History.” Mintz takes us through our prehistoric relationship to sweetness–from the bloody history of slavery and sugar production to our current state of the mass production and consumption of sweetness worldwide. He talks about how factories developed on the sugar plantations and the way slavery developed in the New World, as well as the role this brutal pasts plays in current volatile racial relations in the U.S..