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on 1 April 2013

100% evidence base
A dozen raw 'home truths'
A kernal of humour
0 stuffing

pour onto an icy food industry and leave to defrost before beating well.


A great review of the debilitating effects of sugar and the industries that buttress its production. This book does not over-egg the evidence (or falsify it) and the book is not larded with pointless recipes ("3000 recipes for you not to try at home!")or other types of filler material that you are likely to flick past to get to the main sections.

Lustig is a paediatric endocrinologist so there is a bit of a paediatric slant - but what applies here for kids does for adults too. The sections on public health are as others have pointed out a bit Americanised, but then a British audience is probably looking at a description of the 'shape of things to come.'
At times a little technical (leptins, and insulin), but really, you can't get to the meat of the topic without doing this, and the evidence for the 'final common pathway' which explains why different types of 'diets' work well despite being so different is handled well.
The book works well as a primer to the topic, and while there are lots of hints and tips, if you are looking to effect a personal change (beyond cutting out soft drinks) then you will probably want to read a bit more widely but this would be a great, great start.
Oh, and I loved the ( "wtf?") style of writing.
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