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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Portobello Books Ltd (5 Jan. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846276373
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846276378
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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'Hard-hitting and important... you will find yourself looking at the packet of golden caster sugar in your cupboard and the elderflower cordial in your fridge with new suspicion, if not loathing' -- Bee Wilson, Sunday Times

'Like a terrier with a bone, [Taubes] won't let purveyors of this bankrupt diet paradigm get away with a bit of pragmatic sugar reduction tokenism. In order to firmly hammer the nails in the coffin of the case of sugar, he sets out to nail the lie on which it is predicated: that the tidal wave of obesity and type 2 diabetes sweeping the western world is caused by overconsumption and sedentary behaviour... Taubes isn't the only person to challenge the facile idea that we get fat simply because we consume more calories than we expend, but his clear and persuasive argument that obesity is a hormonal disorder, switched on by sugar, is one that urgently needs wider airing' -- Observer

'A devastating critique of the way the sugar industry has shaped nutritional science in its favour for more than a century' -- Financial Times

'Compelling... Perhaps at long last, sugar is getting its just desserts' --Economist

'Taubes's writing is both inflammatory and copiously researched. It is also well-timed... Hard-charging (and I'll add game-changing' -- New York Times

'[A] blitz of a book... Mr Taubes's argument is so persuasive that, after reading The Case Against Sugar, this functioning chocoholic cut out the Snacking Bar and stopped eating cakes and white bread.. The Case Against Sugar should be a powerful weapon against future misinformation' -- Eugenia Bone, Wall Street Journal

'A book stuffed with scientific detail... as a rallying call for long-term change, it's very hard to ignore' -- Literary Review

'Highly informative and extremely well-written' -- Delicious Magazine

'Gary Taubes is the best writer on nutrition science in the world. Anyone seeking to understand the role of sugar in our diets should read this book' --Ian Leslie, author of Curious

'Taubes's prose is perfectly judged, as compelling as a slow-motion car crash... Can Taubes's expertly written and disturbing book change [the] culture?... Full marks - and a big red lollipop - for making a valiant attempt' -- New Statesman

'An eye-opening read... Sobering [and] thought-provoking, not least for revealing how society has been led down a blind alley on matters of healthy eating' --Delicious Magazine

About the Author

GARY TAUBES is the co-founder of the Nutrition Science Initiative and the author of Why We Get Fat and The Diet Delusion. An award-winning science and health journalist, his writing has appeared in Discover, Science, the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic, Nature and the British Journal of Medicine. He has received three Science in Society Journalism Awards from the National Association of Science Writers and is the recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research. He lives in Oakland, California.


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This is as excellent book, full of historical and political information about how sugar came to infiltrate our lives, and the dire health consequences of that trajectory. After reading this, I also read Fat Chance by Lustig, (https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00A626UYW/ref=oh_aui_d_detailpage_o03_?ie=UTF8&psc=1) and having been convinced by the medical evidence, I have found it much easier to give up sugar. So, now I am feeling healthy, smug, and endlessly angry that nearly every packaged product I pick up in the supermarket has added sugar, that doesn't need to be there. Everyone should read this book, or at least hear a summary of its contents.
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Again Gary Taubes exposes the global conspiracy to poison the human race in the name of profit and greed. Ignore the calories are calories falsehoods and read a considered, well investigated piece of scientific writing.
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Lucid, well written and with a historical perspective which few others match. Having published a book on sugar with a college, we are very impressed with Taubes' books!
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Very interesting read. Keep in mind that the author is arguing a case, so it is worth reading around more widely to gain a full and balanced appreciation of the arguments.
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The book is full of jargon, but it is well written, informative, and scary. My catchphrase was once "Leave my sugar alone!". I have since severely cut back on sugar consumption (my addiction is still too strong to get rid of all of it - but I'm working on it) and purchased four additional copies for family members. The author does exactly what the title says - he makes a case against sugar and leaves it up to the reader to decide.
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Well researched and highly informative. Very, very interesting (fascinating) and well written. A great read.
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Really well written and compelling ; the author ensures that what at times could be dry reading is anything but. This should anger and galvanise anyone who is worried about the Western spectrum of dieseases.
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really enjoyed the book, and was interested to learn more in this field.
Personally I am with Gary and agree with his findings.
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