In 1972, when British scientist John Yudkin first proved that sugar was bad for our health, he was ignored by the majority of the medical profession and dismissed by the food industry.
We should have heeded his warning.
- Today, one in four adults in the UK are overweight.
- There is an epidemic of obese six-month-olds around the globe
- Sugar consumption has tripled since the Second World War.
Using everyday language and a range of scientific evidence, this book explores the ins and out of sugar, from the different types - is brown sugar really better for us than white? - to how it is sneakily inserted in our everyday foods. (Telegraph, Top 10 Diet Books)
[A] valiant . . . attempt to warn us against our lust for sucrose (British Medical Journal)
Arguably the leading nutritionist of his time (Guardian)
A landmark work on the subject (The Telegraph)
A medical classic (Jack Winkler Nutrition Policy Unit, London Metropolitan University)
Yudkin was far ahead of his time with his idea of nutrition as a subject of great breadth: not just the study of the composition of foods, but the importance of enjoying a variety of fresh foods, and the recognition of the psychological and social factors that cause us to choose certain foods and avoid others (Independent)
As an isolated voice, Yudkin, who died in 1995, may have lost the battle with the sugar industry four decades ago, but big food will find it more difficult to silence his growing army of disciples whose only incentive is to expose what's right for public health (Guardian)
About the Author
John Yudkin (1910-95) was a British physiologist and nutritionist, whose books include This Slimming Business, Eat Well, Slim Well and This Nutrition Business. He became internationally famous with his book Pure, White and Deadly, first published in 1972, and was one of the first scientists to claim that sugar was a major cause of obesity and heart disease. Robert H. Lustig, MD has spent the past twenty years treating childhood obesity and studying the effects of sugar on the central nervous system and metabolism. He is the Director of the University of California, San Francisco Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health Program and also a member of the Obesity Task Force of the Endocrine Society. His YouTube video lecture, 'Sugar: The Bitter Truth', has received over six million hits, and his book Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease was first published in 2012.