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Bad sugar or bad journalism? An expert review of “The Case Against Sugar”.

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I’ve been asked by a number of people to review Gary Taubes’s new book, The Case Against Sugar. I reluctantly agreed that it would probably be a good idea for me to do so. In this post, I’ll provide something that is not available anywhere else (to my knowledge): a review of the book from the perspective of a former researcher who is an expert in some of the topics it discusses.

The Case Against Sugar is a journey through sugar history and science that argues the point that sugar is the principal cause of obesity, diabetes, coronary heart disease, and many other common noncommunicable diseases. This differs from the prevailing view in the research and public health communities that obesity and noncommunicable disease are multi-factorial, with refined sugar playing a role among other things like excess calorie intake, physical inactivity, cigarette smoking, alcohol and illegal drug use, and various other diet and lifestyle factors. I side with the latter view. In case anyone is wondering, I’ve never had any contact with the sugar industry and I have no other relevant conflicts of interest.

I’ll break the review into two parts, the first covering the historical aspects of the book, and the second covering its scientific aspects.

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Book Update

Hello, folks.  My book, The Hungry Brain: Outsmarting the Instincts that Make Us Overeat is due to be released on February 7, and I’m very excited about it.  It’s substantially different from any other book on overeating and weight management, and I believe it will inject much-needed information into the public discourse on obesity.  Given thatContinue Reading

Goodbye, Staffan Lindeberg

I recently heard the sad news that Staffan Lindeberg, MD, PhD, lead researcher of the Kitava Study, has died. Staffan was a dedicated researcher and physician at Lund University in Sweden whose work was inspired by the evolutionary health principle.  After reading Boyd Eaton and Melvin Konner’s seminal 1985 paper on Paleolithic nutrition, in Staffan’sContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Food Reward Friday

Food Reward Friday

Today’s lucky “winner”… waffles!!! Waffles apparently have a long history in Europe, with roots dating back as far as the Middle Ages (1).  Modern waffles have been around for about 500 years, and they remain popular in Europe and Europe-influenced countries.  As a teenager, I remember eating delicious gaufres in Western France, sometimes with fruit and whippedContinue Reading