The Case Against Sugar

by Gary Taubes | 384 pages

Gary Taubes is an award-winning science journalist. He’s a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator in Health Policy Research at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. In this book, we take up the case against sugar as the primary suspect for ALL of the chronic diseases that are killing us. As the back cover says, Taubes “makes the convincing case that sugar is the tobacco of the new millennium: backed by powerful lobbies, entrenched in our lives, and making us very sick.” Big Ideas we explore include: the prime suspect (= sugar), drug or food?, two theories (energy balance vs. metabolic theory), sugar as a chronic toxin (vs. acute), sugar as candy for cancer cells, and the big question: how little is too much?


“The purpose of this book is to present the case against sugar—both sucrose and high-fructose corn syrup—as the principal cause of the chronic diseases that are most likely to kill us, or at least accelerate our demise, in the twenty-first century. Its goal is to explain why these sugars are the most likely suspects, and how we arrived at the current situation: a third of all adults are obese, two-thirds are overweight, almost one in seven is diabetic, and one in four to five will die of cancer; yet the prime suspects for the dietary trigger of these conditions have been, until the last decade, treated as little worse than a harmless pleasure.

If this were a criminal case, The Case Against Sugar would be the argument for the prosecution.”

~ Gary Taubes from The Case Against Sugar

Gary Taubes is an award-winning science journalist. He’s a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator in Health Policy Research at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. (And, his offices must be pretty close to another health journalist based out of UC Berkeley, Michael Pollan, author of Food Rules and In Defense of Food who says this about Taubes: “I can’t think of another journalist who has had quite as profound an influence on the conversation about nutrition.”)

We covered one of Taubes’s previous books, Why We Get Fat, in which he challenges the commonly accepted “calories-in, calories-out” model of weight maintenance.

In this book, we take up the case against sugar as the primary suspect for ALL of the chronic diseases that are killing us.

As the back cover says, Taubes “makes the convincing case that sugar is the tobacco of the new millennium: backed by powerful lobbies, entrenched in our lives, and making us very sick.”

The book is extremely compelling and well-written. If you’re into this sort of thing, I think you’ll enjoy it as much as I did. (Get a copy here.)

I’m excited to share some of my favorite Ideas that I sincerely hope will open your eyes to the toxic effects of sugar on your and your family’s health so let’s jump straight in!

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Gary Taubes

Journalist, author, and co-founder of the Nutrition Science Initiative