The Case Against Sugar – Gary Taubes

The Case Against Sugar is one of the most famous books by the American journalist and author Gary Taubes, and it is not difficult to understand why. As soon as I started reading the book, I was bombarded with such information that it took me a long time to digest what I learned. And of course, it blew my mind to learn how sugar reached its power today.


I lost my beloved grandfather due to diabetes. Over the years, I have seen how he has changed due to this disease. So diabetes was a disease that I was especially careful about.

The Case Against Sugar - Gary Taubes

As I am changing my eating habits, I have read and still reading a lot of books on the subject. I am more informed with every book I read, but the things I learn continue to surprise me every day. We all know more or less how unhealthy sugar is, but are we really aware of what it causes? I do not think so. However, this is not entirely due to our ignorance. The fact that there is a lot of money in this business, so some evil is unavoidable.

In this book, Taubes tells the reader about the diseases caused by sugar with scientific data. It also explains in an excellent way why and how sugar was defended until this time. If you are still counting calories and arranging what you eat accordingly, you should read this book. I’d also recommend this to all who want to read an excellent investigative nonfiction book. Enjoy!

The Case Against Sugar - Gary Taubes

The Case Against Sugar

More than half a billion adults and 40 million children on the planet are obese. Diabetes is a worldwide epidemic. Evidence increasingly shows that these illnesses are linked to the other major Western diseases: hypertension, heart disease, even Alzheimer’s and cancer, and that shockingly, sugar is likely the single root cause. Yet the nutritional advice we receive from public health bodies is muddled, out of date, and frequently contradictory, and in many quarters still promotes the unproven hypothesis that fats are the greatest evil.

With expert science and compelling storytelling, Gary Taubes investigates the history of nutritional science. Which, shaped by a handful of charismatic and misguided individuals. Has for a hundred years denied the impact of sugar on our health. He exposes the powerful influence of the food industry which has lobbied for sugar’s ubiquity. The Sugar Association even today promoting ‘sugar’s goodness’ – and the extent that the industry has corrupted essential scientific research.

He delves into the science of sugar, exposes conventional thinking that sugar is ’empty calories’ as a myth. And finds that its addictive pleasures are resulting in worldwide consumption as never experienced before, to devastating effect. The Case Against Sugar is a revelatory read, which will fundamentally change the way we eat.

Gary Taubes

Gary Taubes is an American journalist, writer and low-carbohydrate diet advocate. He is the author of Nobel Dreams, Bad Science: The Short Life and Weird Times of Cold Fusion. And Good Calories, Bad Calories, titled The Diet Delusion in the UK and Australia.

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