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The Case Against Sugar

The Case Against Sugar
  • Knopf Publishing Group
From the best-selling author of Why We Get Fat, a groundbreaking, eye-opening exposé that makes the convincing case that sugar is the tobacco of the new millennium: backed by powerful lobbies, entrenched in our lives, and making us very sick.

Among Americans, diabetes is more prevalent today than ever; obesity is at epidemic proportions; nearly 10% of children are thought to have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. And sugar is at the root of these, and other, critical society-wide, health-related problems. With his signature command of both science and straight talk, Gary Taubes delves into Americans' history with sugar: its uses as a preservative, as an additive in cigarettes, the contemporary overuse of high-fructose corn syrup. H

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  1. 303 of 321 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Taubes Delivers Shot Across The Bow Challenging Big Sugar With Facts And History, October 14, 2016
    Jimmy Moore from Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb (Spartanburg, SC) –
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    If an investigative journalist could choose any other career to use their talents and gifts, then it would most likely be that of an attorney. They possess the natural skills for digging deeply into arguments and making compelling statements for the prosecution. That’s precisely what New York Times bestselling author and science writer Gary Taubes has done in his soon-to-classic book The Case Against Sugar. This book has been sorely needed for many years and Taubes is the perfect author to articulate what needs to be shared as only he can.

    For fans of Taubes who have read his two previous nutritional health classics–Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health and Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It–you already know his position on the negative implications of carbohydrates on the current state of chronic disease and health decline. In The Case Against Sugar, Taubes takes direct aim at the biggest culprit carb that is plaguing the health of those dealing with obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and more–it’s SUGAR!

    Some people might scoff at the idea that we need an entire book all about the dangers of consuming sugar claiming that it’s obvious to most people that sugar is not good for you. But do they really know that? Walk into any grocery store, sporting event, amusement park, fast food restaurant, and anywhere else food is sold and you’ll mostly see nothing but ambivalence regarding sugar from a great majority of the population based on their purchasing habits. Sugar has become so pervasive in our food supply that it’s next to impossible to find anything to eat that doesn’t have sugar in it (even spaghetti sauce, baked beans, yogurt, BBQ sauce, ketchup, fruit juice…the list goes on and on!).

    As I just noted, sugar has become so ubiquitous in our society now that people don’t even think twice about consuming it while simultaneously greatly fearing dietary fat as something they shouldn’t consume. Taubes addresses the idea of how we became propagandized to believe fat is the enemy in our diet. Since the publication of The Case For Sugar, we’ve now learned that The Sugar Association paid off Harvard scientists to squelch the connection between sugar and heart disease and vilify saturated fat. It’s fairly easy to see why The Case Against Sugar is needed now more than ever before. (Read the September 12, 2016 New York Times column on this topic entitled “How The Sugar Industry Shifted Blame To Fat”: Google the title and you’ll find it!)

    If you’re familiar with the work of Taubes, he goes very deeply into the subjects he writes about to get to the very core of the main issues at hand. He explains how we got to where we are today and puts the primary blame for the main instigator of pretty much all modern disease on sugar. That instigator is a condition known as insulin resistance (IR) where the pancreas has to work so hard at pumping out insulin to cover all the sugar we’ve been consuming that it’s become worn out and doesn’t function as it was intended anymore. The result of this is a much more difficult path to keep blood sugar and insulin levels normalized that requires people with IR to have to significantly cut down on the foods that turn to sugar in the body–all culprit carbohydrates. Or, as I like to refer to them, crappy carbage!

    One of the excellent points Taubes makes in The Case For Sugar that will hopefully begin a public conversation of this concept is the modern argument against sugar has everything to do with “empty calories” they supposedly contain and not the hormonal effects it is having on our bodies. Bringing in the calorie argument gives license for people to continue eating sugar in the mythical “moderation” (which Taubes is very skeptical and no fan of). But the reality is the role sugar plays in your health goes so much deeper than their caloric effect, particularly for those people with insulin resistance where the damage is done. I know this fact all-too-well as someone who used to drink 16 cans of Coca-Cola daily before discovering these principles Taubes is sharing in his books requiring me to eat a low-carb, high-fat, ketogenic diet for the rest of my life in order to stave off the health consequences of the damage that happened to my body from eating sugar.

    Methodically looking through all the faulty science used to defend sugar, Taubes again goes into bulldog mode pulling back the curtain on the Wizard of Oz to expose the facade we have been led to believe about sugar. What’s most interesting is there were researchers like John…

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  2. 128 of 137 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    SUGAR kills, October 24, 2016
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    I always think when I read these things that support Dr. Atkins now 40 year old beliefs, that I wish he hadn’t died before he was vindicated. Sugar in all it’s forms will kill you, will cause inflammation – basically, the more you eliminate it from your life the better off your health will be. Gary Taubes does a great amount of research in this book, like he has his others and shows us how we’ve been sold a bill of goods and how pervasive the use of sugar is in our foods.

    It’s a good read, though weighty, if you’ve been living a low carb, high fat life – he has a lot you can use to shut your detractors down. I recommend reading this, for your own health.

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  3. 113 of 124 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Sugar is as bad as tobacco, January 1, 2017
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    This book is not an actual diet/nutrition book. It is more of a historical/political book. I enjoyed reading it and I was surprised, (well, not that surprised) to see how hard the sugar industry works to promote a product that has probable damaging health aspects.

    This book also talks about the criticisms of sugar that have been around for decades, centuries, and longer. People who study such things have always said, to avoid putting on weight, refrain from sugar. But apparently, that message got lost in the “war on fat,” which is now coming to an end. But not only does sugar tend to make people fatter, the process by which it makes you fat is by the flooding of insulin into the bloodstream, which leads to inflammation, and to the diseases which affect Western Civilization, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and even cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. The thing about nutrition is that it is hard to predict with certainty how any one individual will react to any certain diet. Everything is in generalizations.

    Because this is not a nutritional book, there is no discussion of honey or stevia. Maple syrup, molasses, etc. are mentioned as previous sugars that were used, but the health benefits of all variations of sugars are not discussed. This book is entirely about refined white sugar. The only way sugar substitutes are mentioned is in the story that the sugar industry worked hard to discredit saccharine and cyclamates and succeeded, although these substitutes probably aren’t that bad, and definitely not worse than sugar. People still view these sugar substitutes as dangerous. Most of what we think about sweeteners has been subliminally given to us through the sugar industry and their advertising.

    The one take away from this book would be that refined sugar is not the innocent ingredient that some may think it to be. Giving someone a sweet treat is a way to show them love, but probably that line of thinking is going to change. The bottom line is to avoid sugar and refined starches, and for anyone who cares anything about nutrition, that message has been around a long time.

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