John Yudkin: Pure White and Deadly The Problem of Sugar



Also taught me a bit about the influences of politics An area I have struggled to understand and show an interest I have definatly reduced my sugar consumption after reading this book Not just white sugar but glucose fructose I do not believe that there is 1 cause for obesity and health issues but too much of anything isn t good This book delves into the north american diet and the amount of sugar we consume regularly and how the food industry is increasing it all the time to improve flavour It s not sugar that s causing health problems diabetes cholesterol weight gain speaking sarcastically No We have to reduce fat and carbohydrates This is a very interesting book Not to long educational and a great read Such is the force behind the concept of sugar being harmful that this book embodies that I have given up sugar instantly This may be a fad So just to make sure I go on losing weight I decided to read Pure White and Deadly over and over againThe last chapter shows a pockmarked battlefield where sugar s sacred guardians eep on belittling John Yudkin the author They employ sneaky tactics to relegate the author s studies to crackpot theory landI first heard of this book from another one Fat Chance by Robert H Lustig Fat Chance is very informative But though it s the successor to Yudkin s book and has modern statistics at hand Pure White and Deadly is the better book by sheer force of the intellect A Total Five Star Review for a late Scientist who the Sugar Industry slaughtered because they didn t like what he said Yeah the old white train costs a lot to rideYour heart your soul and even your prideDamn sure forever it ll freeze your brainSo take a little advice stay away from the old white trainTake a little advice stay away from the old white train Mark E SmithWe watch Mad Men and see Betty dropping cigarette ash over her children and Don lighting up the moment he swings his legs out of bed and it all seems ind of uaint I wonder if in I read this book in 1972 when it first came out I wish that I had remembered it and stayed away from sugar Now i have read it again and i recommend it to anyone who values their health Yudkin believed based on research and observation that it is sugar not fat which causes coronary artery disease His research was ignored in favour of the big anti fat message propagated first by Ancel Keys and then by the US health organisations Yudkin shows how Keys research was faulty Penguin has reissued the book this year although you can still find and download the pdf version. Ssic exposé on the hidden dangers of sugar is essential reading for anyone interested in their health the health of their children and the health of modern society.

Step away from the sugar bowl nowvery interesting and a bit sobering glad I ve not much of a sweet tooth first written in the 1970s mentioned in a speech bu Robert H Lustig MD UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology called Sugar The Bitter Truth 35 Stars to be precise Although aspects of Yudkin s work are outdated and the science has come a long way the central core to his thesis refined sugar sucrose is a poison and we should be working towards limiting it and not increasing it in our diets was visionary Sadly it was a cry that went unheeded especially in the United States where not long after this 1972 publication we began to add exponential amounts of sugar to our diets in the form of High Fructose Corn Syrup Thank you President Nixon US Farm subsidies but I digress At the time of its publication Yudkin was essentially a lone wolf and his ideas seemed so radical despite the commonly nown mal affects such as tooth decay no one else was crying Poison Many of his health predictions the drastic increase in the number of people in our population who suffer from diabetes obesity and other health issues such as acid reflux he terms indigestion and gout is undeniable Sadly it seems unlikely that we are any closer to heeding his advice now then we were thenThere are 2 claims of his I do dispute 1 Artificial sweetener is perfectly safe 2 Brown and wholegrain breads are nutritionally the same as enrichedrefined white flour breadsHere the science though still disputed by some has generally shown otherwise Certainly there are other parts of his work where medical nowledge especially regarding diabetes has greatly improved as well as changed since the nature of the disease itself has evolved Yudkin died in 1995 just as the diabesity crisis was visibly growing At the time Yudkin wrote his work the sugar consumption in the UK was around 120 lbs per person per year which was a number he found to be abhorrent The USDA now estimates that Americans now 2012 consume on average 156 lbs of sugar and high fructose corn syrup Food for thought indeedI stumbled across Yudkin s work because of watching a medical lecture by Dr Lustig on YouTube who cited Yudkin anyone interested in Yudkin s work should find it of interest FYIIt s 15 hours I read this as a companion piece to Robert Lustig s Fat Chance Lustig pays huge respect to his predecessor Yudkin who back in the 50s 60s 70s was researching the negative conseuences of a high sugar diet Pure White and Deadly was originally published in the ea. Using everyday language and a range of scientific evidence Professor Yudkin explores the ins and out of sugar from the different types is brown sugar really better.

Rly 70sBoth books demonstrate what a clear and present danger sugar is Lustig s is up to date in that he incorporates new nowledge about our hormonal systems but both men come to a similar conclusion we should avoid sugar as much as possibleYudkin was up against the American scientist Ancel Keys who insisted that animal fat not sugar was harmful to health The discovery in the 70s that high cholesterol in the bloodstream correlated to heart disease initially appeared to vindicate Keys and governments in both the USA and Europe got behind Keys s high carbohydrate low fat diet and since then we have had decades of indoctrination Yudkin was forgotten his book went out of printBut now it appears Yudkin was right and Keys entirely wrongPoor Yudkin struggled so bravely against overwhelming odds his final shocking chapter recounts the manifold instances of sabotage and bullying perpetrated against him by the food industry it seems unfair to wonder if it was something about his style which failed to persuade originally He was an elite scientist as is Lustig writing for a mass audience so tries to explain his concepts very carefully perhaps too carefully as I felt spoken down to a bit Also his many careful explanations tend create a meandering experience which detracts from a strong central argument Perhaps also he was an academic captive in his ivory tower wedded to the idea that scientific truth on its own merits would prevail over falsehood and ignorance Lustig is far politically minded and fully understands the nature of the fight against Big Sugar explicitly comparing it to the fight against the tobacco industryYudkin s book is interesting now from an historical perspective and also because he fills in research around some medical conditions Lustig leaves out but as I implied above Lustig creates a very strong and persuasive central argument that ties sugar to the spiralling obesity and metabolic syndrome problems of North America and Europe Therefore I would recommend Fat Chance above Pure White and Deadly This book is incredible John Yudkin presents an amazing case against the consumption of sugar and demonstrates uite convincingly that sugar not fat and cholesterol is at the root of the heart disease obesity and type II diabetes epidemic we are currently facingGood luck getting a hold of this book It was very difficult to find This is one of the best most interesting educational books I have read in a long time It was out of my comfort zone Besides teaching me a bit about sugar and nutrition it. Than white to how it is hidden inside our everyday foods and how it is damaging our healthBrought up to date by childhood obesity expert Dr Robert Lustig MD his cla.

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