The Case Against Sugar

The Case Against Sugar

eBook - 2016 | First edition
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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 a combination of 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. He explains what research has shown about our addiction to sweets. He clarifies the arguments against sugar, corrects misconceptions about the relationship between sugar and weight loss; and provides the perspective necessary to make informed decisions about sugar as individuals and as a society
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780451493996
0451493990
9780307701640
Branch Call Number: eBook--Adult
Characteristics: 1 online resource (365 pages) : illustrations
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Duncanm123
May 29, 2019

A bit broad and academic for my tastes. It more generally covers the history of the sugar industry, its cover up and demonization of fat, and production, than specific biological harms of sugar. It also uses as evidence the introduction of sugar into various cultures and the rise in lifestyle diseases.

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Emgan
Jan 04, 2019

I thought this book would expand on the documentary that was based on it; not sure where that originally aired but it's on YouTube for anyone who is interested in the subject.

The documentary did a really good job of covering all the basics. The book does go into more details, but it is SO dryly written that I had to force myself to finish it and I don't feel like I learned anything new from it. It's written as nothing more or less than a series of facts, events, dates, names... which is informative but SO boring. I would recommend the documentary and I don't doubt or disagree with the book itself, but unless you're into really dull reads this is one of the very few instances where the "movie" is better than the book.

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superreader64
Aug 25, 2018

An excellent book on sugar and why we should watch our sugar intake. I highly recommend this book.

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bookfan_4
Aug 16, 2018

Sugar high fructose corn syrup and all of the other names it goes by, watch out for those crafty sugar packets like splenda and nutra sweet.

ArapahoeLesley Jul 06, 2018

Western 'civilization'... we can be utterly self obsessed yet actively destroy ourselves every day. I am inspired to quit added sugar/processed foods! Let's hope it sticks.

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cdecastell
Oct 16, 2017

Interesting as a history of sugar and for a perspective on the consequences of increased sugar consumption and promotion. His argument that sugar alone is the source of obesity, diabetes and other health issues is one-sided -- the book would benefit from more discussion of the other factors that have changed in modern diets and environments.

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one_hundred
Aug 10, 2017

Definitely an eye-opening read that helped cement the vague notion of "sugar n' carbs are bad for you, m'kay", which has been floating around in my head for a number of years. After reading this, I'm convinced there is no place for sugar or refined starches in my diet (not even "in moderation", which he built the case for in the prologue chapter of the book).

Only problem with the book, I think, is that it probably could have been WAY shorter than it was (1/3rd or 1/4th, perhaps). The bulk of the book was about the history of sugar with lots of side-tracking, and not a whole lot of it was actually about "making the case" against sugar or actually explaining things in detail. That, combined with a pretty dry literally style, made the book a bit of a slog for me (and consequently, hard to recommend to others).

So to summarize: The information that IS there is really good, and the author did a great job of covering all his bases when defending his assertions. But be prepared to be pretty bored through most of it.

ktnv Apr 09, 2017

Excellent investigative journalism that presents everything we could possibly need to know about sugar from its history to enough complex facts and information to make our own informed decisions and be in charge of our own health.

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reasontowalk
Mar 27, 2017

This is a thoroughly researched and a well-substantiated hypothesis. Sugar IS toxic. It is also interesting how well Taubes' ideas jive with those of authors Michael Pollan and Jason Fung.

SPL_Shauna Mar 18, 2017

While I found some of the history in this book interesting, and much the science is going to be new to a lot of eyes, I wondered a bit about the structure. The author consciously structured the novel as a mock legal case, which does make the read quite engaging and gives the science and history a more approachable frame. But, at times, this structure almost made me suspicious that the science couldn't stand up for itself, or that we weren't being given enough of it to come to our own conclusions.

That said, it's still a worthwhile read for anyone hoping to reduce their sugar consumption or at least be more mindful of it. At the very least, it's a good review of the new directions sugar research is taking, and the serious questions we should be asking ourselves about our sweetest addiction.

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