Did you know the sugar industry had a dis-information campaign that rivaled the tobacco industry? Or the insidious lengths it went to to demonize healthy fats (think olive oil, fish oil, avocados) in an effort to turn the market in its favor? This fascinating read is an absolute must if you're interested in kicking the sugar habit for good and relegating it to the once-in-a-while pile.
Among Americans, diabetes is more prevalent today than ever; obesity is at epidemic proportions; nearly 10% of children are thought to have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. And sugar is at the root of these, and other, critical society-wide, health-related problems. With his signature command of both science and straight talk, Gary Taubes delves into Americans' history with sugar: its uses as a preservative, as an additive in cigarettes, the contemporary overuse of high-fructose corn syrup. He explains what research has shown about our addiction to sweets. He clarifies the 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.