- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Life (29 Sept. 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 024125745X
- ISBN-13: 978-0241257456
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 247 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Pure, White and Deadly: How Sugar Is Killing Us and What We Can Do to Stop It Paperback – 31 Mar 2016
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Using everyday language and a range of scientific evidence, this book explores the ins and out of sugar, from the different types - is brown sugar really better for us than white? - to how it is sneakily inserted in our everyday foods. (Telegraph, Top 10 Diet Books)
[A] valiant . . . attempt to warn us against our lust for sucrose (British Medical Journal)
Arguably the leading nutritionist of his time (Guardian)
A landmark work on the subject (The Telegraph)
A medical classic (Jack Winkler Nutrition Policy Unit, London Metropolitan University)
Yudkin was far ahead of his time with his idea of nutrition as a subject of great breadth: not just the study of the composition of foods, but the importance of enjoying a variety of fresh foods, and the recognition of the psychological and social factors that cause us to choose certain foods and avoid others (Independent)
As an isolated voice, Yudkin, who died in 1995, may have lost the battle with the sugar industry four decades ago, but big food will find it more difficult to silence his growing army of disciples whose only incentive is to expose what's right for public health (Guardian)
From the Back Cover
Sugar is killing us
Why do we eat so much of it?
What are its hidden dangers?
In 1972, when British scientist John Yudkin first proved that sugar was bad for our health, he was ignored by the majority of the medical profession and rubbished by the food industry.
We should have heeded his warning.
Today, 1 in 4 adults in the UK are overweight.
There is an epidemic of obese six month olds around the globe.
Sugar consumption has tripled since World War II.
Using everyday language and a range of scientific evidence, Professor Yudkin explores the ins and out of sugar, from the different types - is brown sugar really better than white? - to how it is hidden inside our everyday foods, and how it is damaging our health.
Brought up-to-date by childhood obesity expert Dr Robert Lustig M.D., his classic exposé on the hidden dangers of sugar is essential reading for anyone interested in their health, the health of their children and the health of modern society.
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The book shows how sugar consumption in the western world has increased exponentially over the past 200 years. It explains the process by which sugar is assimilated into the cells of the human body and how it leads to weight gain. It puts forward some hypotheses regarding sugar's potential links to many of the diseases of the modern world.
These days, the realisation is dawning that sugar does indeed present a health risk with for example, the increase in tax on sugary drinks in the UK. Yudkin was putting this message across years ago but his voice had been largely unheard in recent times due to concerted attempts by the sugar producing industry to discredit him. The information in his book is alarming and it's reprinting in the 21st century is timely. In my own case, it motivated me to make concerted efforts to cut sugar out of my diet. This led to some moderate weight loss, something I had been trying to achieve for years without success.
For more than 40 years saturated fats have been targeted as the prime cause of cardio-vascular and other inflammatory diseases: during this period Yudkin's views faded into obscurity. It is only recently that the fallacy of targeting only lipids has begun to be accepted.
If you want to know more about the damage that refined sugar can do to us then read this book.
My only sadness is that Yudkin, who died in 1995, didn't live to see his cogent arguments about the damage caused by refined sugar become accepted as fact.
Anyway, the book is good, if not a little heavy going in parts for the non-scientists amongst us, although he does do his best to describe in lay-mans terms what he is talking about.
The book was originally written in the early 1970's and updated in the mid 1980's..... which is years ago in terms of medical research. What I would love is somebody to do a bit of a 'makeover' of the book and where the author points to incomplete research or research not yet done, that somebody could do an update with a 'proven' or 'not proven', or anything to support or refute some of the suppositions made in this book.
What is certain is that the white stuff ain't good for us, that it never will be - he suggests it could take thousands of generations for the body to adapt to sugar in our diet - he suggests that cancers (and many other deadly illnesses) are the body not yet adapting to sugar!
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