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Pure, White, and Deadly How sugar is killing us and what we can do to stop it

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Sugar is killing us. Why do we eat so much of it? What are its hidden dangers? One in four adults in the US are overweight. There is an epidemic of obese children around the globe. Sugar consumption has tripled since the Second World War. Using everyday language and a range of scientific evidence, Professor Yudkin explores the ins and outs of sugar, from the different ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published March 17th 2018 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
John Yudkin (1910-1995) was a British physiologist and nutritionist, and was one of the first scientists to claim that sugar was a major cause of heart disease and obesity, as well as a host of other diseases which today we group under the heading of "metabolic disorders." At the time of the publication of this book, 1972, and the 1986 update, Yudkin didn't have the voluminous data that exists today. He had correlation, but not causation. He didn't know about insulin resistance and the role of ...more
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
A focus for my intent to reduce my sugar intake. Not well written, and badly dated, but packed with so much delicious common sense, that I cannot give it less than 4 stars. So many artificial sweeteners are now banned as cancer forming, but if you believe Yudkin, this is bad science and part of the sugar conspiracy.

Yudkin deliver's quite a lot of 'science', in a way that is almost unreadable. The studies really don't sound all that robust to me, but then, I am not a scientist. The sample sizes
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it
I read this book after a friend recommended 'Sugar: The Bitter Truth' by Robert H. Lustig to me who in turn refers to this book as the one that started it all. The book is by Prof. Yudkin, one of the first who implicated rising sugar consumption in the recent surge in obesity and coronary heart disease in the western world (as opposed to fat which had been the accepted villain until then). The book, the research behind it and the theory evolved from it had to fight a long, hard battle until ...more
Paul M.
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was written in the early 70's and the updated in the 80's. A lot has transpired since then - almost all of it in support of the premises developed by Yudkin from what seems so long ago. We should have listened back then.

The 4 star rating is for the data quality not the ease of reading. The book jumps around a lot which I found annoying and would have preferred to have more details on the studies within the text rather then searching the appendix for the studies and then looking them
Conrad Mason
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
Although the book has some evidence that sugar causes many different diseases and problems, the evidence if often weak at best. I get that this book was written a few years back now, but I expected to come out thinking sugar was awful for us, which it didn't convince me.

Would be more interesting to read something more relevant and based on more rigorous science.
Momchil Andonov
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I've ever read. Extremely detailed and toughtful!

I like how it focuses on sugar being one of the main reasons for the increase in heart diseases and not just on the general issues about weight.

It focuses on other issues caused by sugar like teeth decay, eye conditions and stomach problems.

Highly recommend it!
Alice Tudorache
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
A life changing book!
Will G
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Too bad we listened to Keys instead.

Also, lol at the studies that passed for research back in the day.
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
After reading this book, I doubt you'll be putting sugar in your morning coffee or feeding sugar-coated cereal to your kids. Read up and make your choices before it's too late.
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
informative, bit wordy
Thea Jessen
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow, this was extremely interesting. Definitely would recommend!
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was sugar all along...
Juliette Deseilligny
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A founder in te ms of approach to nutrition, and more generally a very good approach to “real science”: John Yudkin writes extremely clearly and pedogagically, even entertainingly, explaining how studies work, what is objective knowledge, what are deductions, why he leans this way or that... A great bridge between pure research results and popular science.
And gives an excellent understanding on the whole saga of sugar and nutrition research, and why things aren’t as clear-cut as we may think...
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