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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services (July 3, 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0706700562
  • ISBN-13: 978-0706700565
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,227,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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John Yudkin (8 August 1910 - 12 July 1995) 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, M.D has spent the past sixteen years treating childhood obesity and studying the effects of sugar on the central nervous system and metabolism. He is the Director of the UCSF 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 two million hits and his book Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease is being published in Autumn 2012. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

He argues his case well and backs it with data.
Voice O. F. Reason
Thanks to Robert Lustig for getting this book republished, I was only able to read a pdf copy before.
Gary
Anyone who's deeply inquisitive about the human body should read this.
Martin D.

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167 of 167 people found the following review helpful By Canoeist on October 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The bottom line: Scientific evidence as early as the 1960's indicated that sugar was toxic for humans and the Sugar Industry countered by telling us the exact opposite and then did it's best to suppress future evidence based information from being disseminated.

So what should we eat? From page 79: "I believe that the best diet for the human species is one made up as far as possible of the foods that were available in our hunting and food-gathering days."

UPDATE: Since this book is hard to find and butthurt expensive when you do find it, I am going to re-re-read it and add a little additional info below:

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction
1. What's so different about sugar?
2. I eat it because I like it.
3. Sugar and other carbohydrates.
4. Where sugar comes from.
5. Is brown sugar better that white sugar?
6. Refined and unrefined.
7. Not only sugar is sweet.
8. Who eats sugar, and how much?
9. Words mean what you want them to mean.
10. Sugar's calories make you thin - they say.
11. How to eat more calories without eating real food.
12. Can you prove it?
13. Coronary thrombosis, the modern epidemic.
14. Eat sugar and see what happens.
15. Too much blood sugar - or too little.
16. A pain in the middle.
17. A host of diseases.
18. Does sugar accelerate the life process - and death too?
19. How does sugar produce its effects?
20. Should sugar be banned?
21. Attack is the best defense.

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INTRODUCTION

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80 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Keith on January 26, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is very highly regarded by Robert H Lustig, M.D., a professor working in the UCSF Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism. Lustig is recognized by Dr. Joseph Mercola (famous for his website [..]) as being an expert on the subject of sugar (fructose) consumption and the consequences of it. The University of California has released (for educational and noncommercial uses) a video titled Sugar: The Bitter Truth, where Robert Lustig delivers a presentation in which he claims to demonstrate that fructose is a poison. In this presentation, Lustig mentions the book Pure, white and deadly by John Yudkin and his appreciation for it. Lustig describes himself as a "Yudkin acolyte" and says that "every single thing this guy (Yudkin) has said has come to pass. It's astounding. I am in awe of this guy." This video is freely viewable in its entirety on YouTube at [..]
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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Still Opinionated on January 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
Robert H. Lustig M.D. highly recommended this book in a conference he did (found on video at youtube: [...] or search "the hazards of sugar" on that site). This book is hard to find. Basically put, sugar or refined sugars, especially high fructose corn syrup is a toxin, i.e. poison to your body. Wonder why there is an extreme obesity problem in our country and now expanding across the globe? This stuff is found in absolutely everything you put in your mouth that is packaged, or found at a drive-thru. This book was produced in the 1970's and our history since then affirms this man's studies. This is purely good information to know, read on or should I say, "Live long and prosper!"
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Canoeist on February 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The bottom line: Scientific evidence as early as the 1960's indicated that sugar was toxic for humans and the Sugar Industry countered by telling us the exact opposite and then did it's best to suppress future evidence based information from being disseminated.

So what should we eat? From page 79: "I believe that the best diet for the human species is one made up as far as possible of the foods that were available in our hunting and food-gathering days."

If you would like to know more about this book I wrote a chapter by chapter review of the 1988 edition on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Pure-White-Deadly-Problem-diabetes/dp/0140083537/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1333749510&sr=1-1
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Voice O. F. Reason on November 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
In 1986, John Yudkin proposed that glucose: changes metabolic processes; increases plasma concentrations of cholesterol and triglycerides; leads to size increases in liver, kidneys, adrenal glands; causes calcified deposits in kidneys; alters levels of estrogen, adrenal hormones, cortisol and, of course, insulin; leads to gallstones; causes vision deterioration; damages eyes, teeth, joints; changes gut flora; interferes with the body's use of protein; speeds up human growth and maturity (re: hormones). He argues his case well and backs it with data. Since then, new discoveries and even more data proves that he was right. So why almost 30 years later we are still reinventing the proverbial "wheel" in terms of the effect of sugar on human metabolism? Why were we fed the low-fat high-carb diet, metaphorically and literally, all this time?
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Laurence Chalem on December 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
Whether you find the book as a .pdf on the internet or find a copy used from one of the sellers on Amazon.com, the point is that you get a hold of a copy and read it. Even as of 1988, the information available indicated that, well, sugar is bad. And according to Yudkin, when fed to rats all of the chronic and acute disease states common in humans could be reproduced consistently. Check all of the citations; most of those too are available on the internet. One by one, the case against sugar mounts, and, after reading it, a dietary change will become self-evident. Highly recommended... - lc
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