Journal of Public Health | p. 1 Book Review playing a role among other things such as excess calorie The Case Against Sugar. Gary Taubes. London: Portobello intake, physical inactivity, smoking, alcohol and various life- Books, 2016. £14.99, ISBN: 9781846276378, 384 pp. style factors. This book is a polemic, not a balanced scien- tiﬁc review. The author makes a compelling case against sugar, but as This book covers the history, science, trade, industry, ramiﬁ- he acknowledges, the evidence is insufﬁcient to deﬁnitely cations, cover-ups and the danger we do not know we are in convict. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could eliminate obes- as a population as a result of sugar. The author delves into ity, diabetes, cancer and most chronic diseases by simply Americans’ history with sugar: its uses as a preservative, as removing one component of our diet? When something an additive in cigarettes, the contemporary overuse of high- sounds too good to be true, it usually is. fructose corn syrup. He clariﬁes the arguments against This book is very engaging and informative, but a bit sugar, corrects misconceptions about the relationship dense at some parts. To a general audience that has little between sugar and weight loss and provides the perspective basis for evaluating its claims, this book could be misleading. necessary to make informed decisions about sugar as indivi- Yet for readers who are willing to take this book with a duals and as a society. pinch of salt, it does contain some interesting history. In science as in the courts, fairness requires that we hear the argument for the defence before we convict. The author argues the point that sugar is the principal cause of obesity, C. Albert Yeung diabetes, coronary heart disease and many other common NHS Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK. non-communicable diseases. This differs from the prevailing E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org view in the public health communities that obesity and non- communicable diseases are multi-factorial, with reﬁned sugar doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdy024 © The Author(s) 2018. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Faculty of Public Health. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: email@example.com 1 Downloaded from https://academic.oup.com/jpubhealth/advance-article-abstract/doi/10.1093/pubmed/fdy024/4840709 by Ed 'DeepDyve' Gillespie user on 08 June 2018
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