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January 4, 2017

OUR NEXT SCIENCE SALON: JANUARY 22

The Case Against Sugar

Gary Taubes

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.

This is a groundbreaking and eye opening expose that makes the convincing case that sugar is the tobacco of the new millennium, backed by powerful lobbies, entrenched in our lives, and utterly addicting, making us all very sick. As Katie Couric says, “This is required reading for not only ever parent, but every American.” Gary Taubes is the New York Times bestselling author of Good Calories, Bad Calories and Why We Get Fat. His writing has appeared in the New York Times magazine, The Atlantic, and Esquire.

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14 Comments

  1. Doug Bailey says:

    Michael: Are you sure that “The Case Against Sugar” really crosses the bar into something that Skeptic should be promoting? How can you be sure that this is not some new fad diet craze alongside gluten free, fat free, GMO free, vaccines cause autism etc? Are you looking at this critically or did the “think of the children” sentence on liver fat make repeating something supported by convincingly circumstantial statistics reasonable? Stay critical, my friend.

    • Ken says:

      Micheal’s first priority is (and has long been) to help sell books written by people who will help him sell books. To him, quality is irrelevant.

    • Howard says:

      Confused by the inclusion of this book too. “Sugar is bad” is not new or controversial stuff, it’s pretty accepted.

      Furthermore, the tone and comparison to tobacco lead me to suspect the conclusion to the book is that we’re too stupid to save ourselves so we’ll need big, nice government to stop us from eating ourselves to death on sugar. “help me soda tax, you’re my only hope!”

    • PJaxon says:

      Nutritional Science is notoriously lacking in rigour and consensus, (and constantly obfuscated by charlatans, quacks and lobbyist backed industries) mainly due to the ethics and expense of wide ranging trials and the multitude of external variables, but Gary Taubes is as close as you’ll get to a clear critical thinker in this arena, based on evidence (both clinical and historical), as you’ll find.

  2. Bob Pease says:

    Seattle Times
    discussion of this book

    “In the end, each of us is confronted with a choice. Continue consuming sugar at our current level and suffer the ill effects. Or reduce, if not eliminate, it from our diet, thereby improving our odds of living a long, healthy life.”
    ************************
    I think that the pop dreck idea that a
    “Long “healthy’ (BY GOOFY STANDARDS ) life is SUFFICICENT for a QUALITY life” is simply,

    Bullshit

    I need to have a glycemic treat on reasonable occasions

    If faced with the goofy alternative ( excluded middle)

    “Never eat anything that is naturally sweet or die young ” I say

    ” stuff it in yer ear”

    Actually

    I get to take the phony putative risks offered
    by morons following goofy “health diets”

    I get to have ONE ice cream cone a week an occasional chocolate candy

    This crap has been going on for centuries and was nicely covered by Martin Gardner in the ’50’s

    Why has Eskeptic quit covering skeptical discussion of popculture beliefs ??

    Porsonally , I think that the glucocapitalists ARE killing lotsa folks by marketing of gross overuse of their dangerous stuff.

    Final aside by Dr.Sidethink:::

    There was a nutrition cult called “Breathairianism”
    Their idea was that the healthiest diet was no food at all

    The cult did not last too long

  3. Ken says:

    Katie Couric, Michael? That’s your intellectual in-group now? Surely you noticed that there are plenty of other names on the back of the book to choose from.

  4. Ken says:

    Oh, and, by the way, is this week’s E-Skeptic nothing but advertising?

  5. Chris says:

    Happy to see so many with the same reaction I had: surprise and dismay. This is the same Gary Taubes that the Skeptic’s own Harriet Hall took to task way back in 2011 for his alarmist books Good Calories, Bad Calories and Why We Get Fat.

    Now its Evil Sugar. Give me a break. Taubes is no scientist. His primary concern seems to be one thing: selling books.

    Shame on you, Skeptics Society. I thought you were better than this.

  6. t paine says:

    Anecdote from the fringes:
    It’s not the sugar causing all the diabetes, it’s the wheat.

  7. Antoine A.H. Wonders says:

    This discussion could have been avoided by a reference to the clear science in the book, which makes it clear that sugar is indeed bad. Apparently, there is no such contents. The case against sugar stands or falls with such evidence.

  8. awc says:

    If being skeptic and skepticism were so important something in me says more should be offered probono.

    So, I really enjoy much of the healthy skeptic info that is free of charge.

    Unfortunately, the cynic in me draws a parallel to the Tony Robbins model of self help. I wonder, how well would the promotion of these skeptic concepts and ideas would go in areas where standards of living see this tier in Maslow’s hierarchy far out of reach. In addition I think you require a foundation of knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts. These are a prerequisite to enable ones critical thinking potential. Further, the result all of this charging can come across as elitist to westerns that do not have the required foundation and potential for critical thinking that we participate in. They will pay for this as much as much as I’ll pay for a Robbins seminar. In addition, is there anything we are to learn paying for it?

    Did I have a point… oh ya elitists market segment or movement for the masses? More, free info required. Sad but true, the skeptic movement needs to exploit more of human psyche susceptible to propaganda instead charging for all these publications and seminars.

    Awc

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