The Case Against Sugar

The Case Against Sugar Journal of Public Health | Vol. 40, No. 2, p. 448 Book Review intake, physical inactivity, smoking, alcohol and various life- The Case Against Sugar. Gary Taubes. London: Portobello style factors. This book is a polemic, not a balanced scien- Books, 2016. £14.99, ISBN: 9781846276378, 384 pp. tific review. The author makes a compelling case against sugar, but as he acknowledges, the evidence is insufficient to definitely This book covers the history, science, trade, industry, ramifi- convict. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could eliminate obes- cations, cover-ups and the danger we do not know we are in ity, diabetes, cancer and most chronic diseases by simply as a population as a result of sugar. The author delves into removing one component of our diet? When something Americans’ history with sugar: its uses as a preservative, as sounds too good to be true, it usually is. an additive in cigarettes, the contemporary overuse of high- This book is very engaging and informative, but a bit fructose corn syrup. He clarifies the arguments against dense at some parts. To a general audience that has little sugar, corrects misconceptions about the relationship basis for evaluating its claims, this book could be misleading. between sugar and weight loss and provides the perspective Yet for readers who are willing to take this book with a necessary to make informed decisions about sugar as indivi- pinch of salt, it does contain some interesting history. duals and as a society. In science as in the courts, fairness requires that we hear the argument for the defence before we convict. The author C. Albert Yeung argues the point that sugar is the principal cause of obesity, NHS Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK. diabetes, coronary heart disease and many other common E-mail: albert.yeung@lanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk non-communicable diseases. This differs from the prevailing view in the public health communities that obesity and non- doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdy024 communicable diseases are multi-factorial, with refined sugar Advance Access Publication February 7, 2018 playing a role among other things such as excess calorie 448 © The Author(s) 2018. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Faculty of Public Health. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com Downloaded from https://academic.oup.com/jpubhealth/article-abstract/40/2/448/4840709 by Ed 'DeepDyve' Gillespie user on 24 July 2018 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Public Health Oxford University Press

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Journal of Public Health | Vol. 40, No. 2, p. 448 Book Review intake, physical inactivity, smoking, alcohol and various life- The Case Against Sugar. Gary Taubes. London: Portobello style factors. This book is a polemic, not a balanced scien- Books, 2016. £14.99, ISBN: 9781846276378, 384 pp. tific review. The author makes a compelling case against sugar, but as he acknowledges, the evidence is insufficient to definitely This book covers the history, science, trade, industry, ramifi- convict. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could eliminate obes- cations, cover-ups and the danger we do not know we are in ity, diabetes, cancer and most chronic diseases by simply as a population as a result of sugar. The author delves into removing one component of our diet? When something Americans’ history with sugar: its uses as a preservative, as sounds too good to be true, it usually is. an additive in cigarettes, the contemporary overuse of high- This book is very engaging and informative, but a bit fructose corn syrup. He clarifies the arguments against dense at some parts. To a general audience that has little sugar, corrects misconceptions about the relationship basis for evaluating its claims, this book could be misleading. between sugar and weight loss and provides the perspective Yet for readers who are willing to take this book with a necessary to make informed decisions about sugar as indivi- pinch of salt, it does contain some interesting history. duals and as a society. In science as in the courts, fairness requires that we hear the argument for the defence before we convict. The author C. Albert Yeung argues the point that sugar is the principal cause of obesity, NHS Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK. diabetes, coronary heart disease and many other common E-mail: albert.yeung@lanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk non-communicable diseases. This differs from the prevailing view in the public health communities that obesity and non- doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdy024 communicable diseases are multi-factorial, with refined sugar Advance Access Publication February 7, 2018 playing a role among other things such as excess calorie 448 © The Author(s) 2018. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Faculty of Public Health. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com Downloaded from https://academic.oup.com/jpubhealth/article-abstract/40/2/448/4840709 by Ed 'DeepDyve' Gillespie user on 24 July 2018

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