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The Case Against Sugar

Gary Taubes

More than half a billion adults and 40 million children on the planet are obese. Diabetes is a worldwide epidemic. Evidence increasingly shows that these illnesses are linked to the other major Western diseases: hypertension, heart disease, even Alzheimer’s and cancer, and that shockingly, sugar is likely the single root cause. Yet the nutritional advice we receive from public health bodies is muddled, out of date, and frequently contradictory, and in many quarters still promotes the unproven hypothesis that fats are the greatest evil.

With expert science and compelling storytelling, Gary Taubes investigates the history of nutritional science which, shaped by a handful of charismatic and misguided individuals, has for a hundred years denied the impact of sugar on our health. He exposes the powerful influence of the food industry which has lobbied for sugar’s ubiquity – the Sugar Association even today promoting ‘sugar’s goodness’ – and the extent that the industry has corrupted essential scientific research. He delves into the science of sugar, exposes conventional thinking that sugar is ’empty calories’ as a myth, and finds that its addictive pleasures are resulting in worldwide consumption as never experienced before, to devastating effect.

The Case Against Sugar is a revelatory read, which will fundamentally change the way we eat.

  • Published: 04/01/2018
  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781846276392
  • 129x20mm, 384 pages

Gary Taubes is the best writer on nutrition science in the world. Anyone seeking to understand the role of sugar in our diets should read this book

Ian Leslie, author, Curious

Like a terrier with a bone, [Taubes] won't let purveyors of this bankrupt diet paradigm get away with a bit of pragmatic sugar reduction tokenism... his clear and persuasive argument that obesity is a hormonal disorder, switched on by sugar, is one that urgently needs wider airing

Joanna Blythman, Observer

Hard-hitting and important... you will find yourself looking at the packet of golden caster in your cupboard and the elderflower cordial in your fridge with new suspicion

Bee Wilson, Sunday Times

The Author

Gary Taubes is the author of the bestselling The Case Against Sugar, Why We Get Fat and The Diet Delusion. An award-winning science and health journalist, his writing has appeared in Discover, Science, the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic, Nature and the British Journal of Medicine. He has received three Science in Society Journalism Awards from the National Association of Science writers, Investigator Award in Health Policy Research and is a co-founder of the Nutrition Science Initiative. He lives in Oakland, California.

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