“The sugar conspiracy” – recommended read

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The Guardian’s ‘The Long Read’ this week has an excellent, in-depth article about how the dangers of sugar were ignored for decades due to the misplaced focus on saturated fat. The author digs deep into the workings of the nutrition orthodoxy and shows how it could get it so wrong for so long. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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The sugar conspiracy

In 1972, a British scientist sounded the alarm that sugar – and not fat – was the greatest danger to our health. But his findings were ridiculed and his reputation ruined. How did the world’s top nutrition scientists get it so wrong for so long?

by Ian Leslie

Robert Lustig is a paediatric endocrinologist at the University of California who specialises in the treatment of childhood obesity. A 90-minute talk he gave in 2009, titled Sugar: The Bitter Truth, has now been viewed more than six million times on YouTube. In it, Lustig argues forcefully that fructose, a form of sugar ubiquitous in modern diets, is a “poison” culpable for America’s obesity epidemic.

A year or so before the video was posted, Lustig gave a similar talk to a conference of biochemists in Adelaide, Australia. Afterwards, a scientist in the audience approached him. Surely, the man said, you’ve read Yudkin. Lustig shook his head. John Yudkin, said the scientist, was a British professor of nutrition who had sounded the alarm on sugar back in 1972, in a book called Pure, White, and Deadly.

“If only a small fraction of what we know about the effects of sugar were to be revealed in relation to any other material used as a food additive,” wrote Yudkin, “that material would promptly be banned.” The book did well, but Yudkin paid a high price for it. Prominent nutritionists combined with the food industry to destroy his reputation, and his career never recovered. He died, in 1995, a disappointed, largely forgotten man.

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2 thoughts on ““The sugar conspiracy” – recommended read”

  1. One wonders why, after all these years, nay- decades, that the carbohydrate supporters club still cannot see how lacking in credibility their position is. More people are growing wider and suffering chronic conditions, castigated for being inactive, over eating, indolent, self indulgent, weak willed, and any other insult available, when it is apparent with some reading the critisers could find that over eating is not the cause of their problem, rather it is the “problem” that is the cause of their overeating.

    In my, inexpert, opinion the problem is carbohydrates, sugar being just one. It may be more correct that it is refined or processed carbohydrates, but if all of them were avoided, many people’s problems would reduce, if not disappear. There are other problems that would arise as a result, the diet and weight loss industry would collapse, as would fitness clubs, as would much of current arable agriculture, um…., and there would be not enough proper food to sustain the current world population, and there would be the vegetarian lobby since unfortunately for them, we are built to eat meat. I am getting into hot water here I think……………..

    I am just getting to the end of Gary Taubes “Good Calories, Bad Calories”, which is one of several books I have gone through recently, and a couple of years ago watched Robert Lustig’s video. It does take some effort to change eating habits, but cutting out carbohydrates has stopped me being a slave to food.


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