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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
many history on sugar I did not in this book. As always, this experienced writer give us a book that is a enjoyable reading.
The subject that sugar is a killer is known for a while, this book brings the spotlight on the over-consumption of .sugar.
Packed with stories and facts, this should be required reading. Keep in mind that Taubes is a journalist, not a scientist. He doesn't form many conclusions or tell you what to do, but he tells a rivitting story that you won't soon forget.
Another fascinating, and well-researched, book from Gary Taubes.
Whether you agree with him or not (that sugar is the cause of metabolic syndrome) it seems nothing but good sense to radically cut down on the amount of sugar you're eating on a regular basis anyway.
The history of nutrition research seems to be littered with characters who ignored evidence in favour of their own opinions, and how those opinions became "fact" even without any evidence is fascinating and depressing at the same time.
This gets a bit technical and dry at times, but should be a required read for all. Highly recommended!
i couldn't imagine a 3rd book by Gary Taubes on the same subject still being so interesting. But he has surprised me again. This is an excellent book. i will probably buy this for my own collection as well.
Gary Taubes is an excellent writer and researcher.
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