The Case Against Sugar

Gary Taubes

Published: 5 January 2017
Trade Paperback, Royal PB
153x234mm, 384 pages
ISBN: 9781846276378

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Published: 4 January 2018
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 384 pages
ISBN: 9781846276392

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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 Yet the nutritional advice we receive from public health bodies is muddled, out of date, and frequently contradictory, and in many quarters still promotes the unproven hypothesis that fats are the greatest evil.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.

About the author

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GARY TAUBES is the cofounder of the Nutrition Science Initiative and the author of Why We Get Fat and The Diet Delusion. An award-winning science and health journalist, his writing has appeared in Discover, Science, the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic, Nature and the British Journal of Medicine. He has received three Science in Society Journalism Awards from the National Association of Science Writers and is the recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research. He lives in Oakland, California. More about the author


‘A book stuffed with scientific detail... as a rallying call for long-term change, it's very hard to ignore’ Felicity Cloake



‘A devastating critique of the way the sugar industry has shaped nutritional science in its favour for more than a century’ Clive Cookson

‘An eye-opening read... Sobering [and] thought-provoking, not least for revealing how society has been led down a blind alley on matters of healthy eating’

‘Compelling... Perhaps at long last, sugar is getting its just desserts’

‘Gary Taubes is the best writer on nutrition science in the world. Anyone seeking to understand the role of sugar in our diets should read this book’ Ian Leslie, author

‘Hard-hitting and important... you will find yourself looking at the packet of golden caster in your cupboard and the elderflower cordial in your fridge with new suspicion’ Bee Wilson

‘highly informative and extremely well-written’

‘Like a terrier with a bone, [Taubes] won't let purveyors of this bankrupt diet paradigm get away with a bit of pragmatic sugar reduction tokenism... his clear and persuasive argument that obesity is a hormonal disorder, switched on by sugar, is one that urgently needs wider airing’ Joanna Blythman

‘Taubes's prose is perfectly judged, as compelling as a slow-motion car crash... Can Taubes's expertly written and disturbing book change [the] culture?... Full marks - and a big red lollipop - for making a valiant and vital attempt’ Michael Brooks

‘Using a blizzard of research, Taubes, an award-winning nutrition journalist, persuasively unpicks the bad science and big food propaganda that convinced the nation that sugar was harmless. His case for its ruinous effects on health is equally compelling. Hard-hitting stuffFrancesca Angelinii

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