The Case Against Sugar

The Case Against Sugar

Audiobook CD - 2016
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This book delves into Americans' history with sugar. It explains what research shows about addiction to sweets, clarifies arguments against sugar, corrects misconceptions about the relationship between sugar and weight loss, and provides the perspective necessary to make informed decisions about sugar as individuals and as a society.
Publisher: New York :, Random House Audio,, [2016]
Edition: Unabridged
Description: 9 audio discs (11 1/2 hr.) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781524709051
Branch Call Number: SWCD 613.28332 Tau


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Feb 22, 2021

SCARED STRAIGHT. I saw Gary Taubes at Town Hall when he was promoting the release of this book, and I remember thinking his conclusions were interesting but ultimately not enough to change my consumption behaviors.
After listening to the audiobook, I can't deny how real and scary the long term effects of sugar consumption are. Gary Taubes, a journalist, delved into the history of how medical science differs from other fields of science in that:
- previous assertions from major figures of modern medicine are taken as facts that don't need to be tested/ scrutinized
- results are released while their findings are still uncertain because of a duty to public well-being
- the approach to progressing medical knowledge seems to be less about answering a question, and more about "what can we find out with the tools at our disposal" and "lets hope some kind of picture emerges with all this random knowledge"
Across race, across wealth, across lifestyles: exposure to vast quantities of sugar will affect your endocrine system. Not all calories are created equally if they are metabolized differently. A CALORIE IS NOT A CALORIE. It might take decades for you to see the toll it is taking on your body, but there's no time like the present to take action. Seriously: read this book.

Feb 13, 2020

I'm convinced. Sugar is a slow and unpredictable killer, but we can't help but love it.

I still to this day hear the legacy of the fat-is-bad/sugar-is-fine rationalization when I talk to people about dieting and health. The new one I get a lot is that this sugar I'm using is *natural* and not the fake high fructose stuff. Or the fake sweetener stuff.

I suspect more long-term studies will illuminate the need to reduce sugar in all things. Whether or not that affects a change in people's eating habits is another issue altogether. It's a ubiquitous happy drug, one that will likely be around for a long time.

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