The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes

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As its title suggests, The Case Against Sugar makes no attempt to be a balanced book. Yet Taubes is a serious science writer who refrains from exaggerating the evidence.
-Financial Times

Synopsis

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. 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.


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About Gary Taubes

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Gary Taubes is a contributing correspondent for Science magazine, and his writing has also appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, and Esquire. His work has been included in The Best of the Best American Science Writing (2010), and has received three Science in Society Journalism Awards from the National Association of Science Writers, the only print journalist so recognized. He is currently a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator in Health Policy Research at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. He lives in Berkeley.
 
Published December 27, 2016 by Knopf. 385 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on Oct 05 2016

Taubes makes a convincing, well-documented case against the modern carbohydrate-rich diet. Limiting their intake is an important factor in longevity, not merely as a matter of weight control. An important book that merits—and will likely receive—broad circulation and discussion.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Apr 15 2017

His study is itself compelling, as well as meticulously explained and researched. Readers will hate to love this book, since it will cause them to thoroughly rethink the place of sugar in their diets.

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NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Constance Scharff PhD on Apr 13 2017

It’s a concept that, if it changes the way we eat, could improve the health of the nation...If a criticism of the book must be made, it is that the science can become a bit tedious.

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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by DAN BARBER on Jan 02 2017

...that ignores a whole ecosystem of issues — our patterns of eating and excess, our poisoned environment — that informs our well-being. Put simply: Remove sugar and we’ll still be sick.

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London Evening Standard

Above average
Reviewed by MELANIE MCDONAGH on Jan 12 2017

If I have a problem with Taubes, it’s not that I think he’s wrong, just that he’s American and regards sugar the way Prohibitionists treated alcohol: indifferently bad, whether you’re talking claret or meths.

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Booked Solid

Excellent
on Apr 08 2017

This is definitely another Gary Taubes classic and we all need to read this – especially parents with growing children.

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Kansas City Star

Good
Reviewed by ANNE KNIGGENDORF on Jan 21 2017

“The Case Against Sugar” will make you rethink what you buy, eat and feed your family. It also might help you drop a few pounds.

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Financial Times

Above average
Reviewed by Clive Cookson on Jan 20 2017

As its title suggests, The Case Against Sugar makes no attempt to be a balanced book. Yet Taubes is a serious science writer who refrains from exaggerating the evidence.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Annie Bostrom on Apr 13 2017

Acknowledging that responsible public-health policy and good nutrition science won’t always overlap, as well as the difficulty in testing the effects of any single food in our diets, Taubes confidently recommends giving a severe reduction in sugar intake a try.

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https://www.theatlantic.com

Below average
Reviewed by Daniel Engber on Feb 01 2017

It’s extraordinary and refreshing to see a science journalist so wary of his sources, and so willing to present himself as someone who knows more than they do. Given all the irresolvable uncertainty, Taubes must fall back on expert judgment of the facts...

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