...absorbing and illuminating history of sugar. -- New Scientist
...pulls the material together in an accessible and interesting way...exposing sugar's impact on health, economies, landscapes politics and culture. -- The Independent
An amazing insight into the development of the first sweets...with some brilliant evocative descriptions. -- Health and Fitness Magazine
From the Back Cover
Sugar is produced in 121 countries worldwide and annual production, which already exceeds 120 million tonnes globally, is increasing year on year. Sugar has been described as a medicine, a necessity, a drug, but its tale is one of both life and death - it is in every cell of our bodies. Humans are all dependent on sugar for life, but it was responsible for the enslavement and death of millions of Afticans and is at the root of one of today's most serious health problems: over one fifth of adults in the UK and third of adults and half of the children in America are clinically obese.
Our lust for sugar has changed the shape of the world economically culturally and scoially. Sanjida O' Connell reveals, in accessible and scintillating prose, the extraordinary and illuminating story of sugar's journey from a grass to world domination.
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