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The Case Against Sugar - Book Review

The Case Against Sugar
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How much sugar is good for you? None. The Case Against Sugar was most important book I read last year in October, which motivated me to make an attempt to remove refined sugar from my diet, as much as possible. 

Taubes makes the provocative contention that sugar, rather than fat, is the primary cause of obesity and a major culprit in a spectrum of chronic diseases. While it is now recognized that a drastic increase in the consumption of sugar and refined starches correlates to a dramatic rise of obesity in populations that adopt a Western diet, the author argues that nutritionists have yet to pinpoint its significance. He points out that obesity is a marker for the overconsumption of carbohydrates responsible for the onset of Type 2 diabetes. The problem, he writes, is not the number but the kind of calories consumed—nor is it necessarily a diet high in saturated fats. Taubes compares sucrose and high-fructose corn syrup to “toxins…that do their damage over years and decades, and perhaps even from generation to generation.” Furthermore, diabetics and obese people are “more likely to have fatty liver disease” as well as other degenerative diseases due to elevated carbohydrate intake. 

Taubes in this book lays on layer after layer of additional evidence in making his case against sugar. He concludes with a discussion of what is the safe amount of sugar to eat. He says the answer is similar to the answer for tobacco. There is no safe amount for everyone. It's also an indictment of how a scientific community can be paid off to support any outcome. 

I re-read it in March 2018 to brush as I was looking for motivation and re-emphasis on the sugar less lifestyle I am attempting to create moving forward. It had been an eye-opening, and truly terrifying read. It's hard to grasp the huge impact of refined sugar on human evolution. The rate of occurrence of diabetes, heart disease, gout, and a host of other chronic conditions pretty much parallels the rate of increase of sugar consumption. 

This book was informative, but I will admit it was also tedious to get through. Some of the research is not completely definitive. 
It is very much worth the read.

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  1. I cut refined sugar out of my diet a little over a month ago and I am SO much better for it! My body feels totally different - might have to give this a read!

    xx, Danielle | Pineapple & Prosecco

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  2. Oh I love sugar. It's hard to avoid since many food companies put it into food! I always read the labels on pasta sauce because some companies put it into marinara! Who puts sugar in marinara?? It should only be tomatoes, basil, garlic, olive oil, oregano, etc. no sugar! I try to keep it out of regular food, but dessert is my weakness. I guess I should read this book, but I am afraid to know the truth about sugar. haha

    XOXO
    Cathy

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  3. I know sugar is bad for me but I just cannot seem to get it out of my system. LOL

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  4. I don't know if I can completely cut of sugar haha. I do try to limit the amount of artificial sugar I intake.

    www.rdsobsessions.com

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  5. This book is interesting does it explain which types of sugar like just refined or all sugars even from fruit?

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  6. This books sounds interesting but I am not one who is in favor of totally cutting out sugar. I'm of the idea of everything in moderation, and life truly isn't worth living if you can't indulge in a sweet every once in awhile.

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  7. This is so interesting! I've been trying to cut sugar out of my diet!

    Kileen
    cute & little

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  8. I have definitely been craving some sugary things lately and while I could blame it on being pregnant I admit I have a bit of a sweet tooth regardless!!

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  9. Sugar is ibe of the main cause of diabetes that why I cut out sugar since my garndfather died beac. of diabetes

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  10. I know that sugar is bad for me but I would find it really hard to cut it out completely.
    xo Jessica
    www.whatsfordinneresq.com

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  11. This definitely sounds interesting! I can’t imagine how much sugar I consume daily, but can’t say no to sweets!

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  12. Sugar is so bad! It is so addictive, I feel like I personally have a struggle with limiting my sugar intake.
    Nailil
    http://thirtyminusone.com

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  13. This sounds like a really interesting book and one I would definitely like to read, though I find it hard to pick a book if its a bit tedious to get through. I cant begin to imagine how much sugar I eat a day though.

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  14. Sugar is definitely the primary cause of most of the common health problems. I making an attempt to monitor my sugarintake.

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  15. While I don't have a problem agreeing to those facts about sugar, there's really no workaround for a lot of people living in poverty even if the case of obesity might be non-existential in their circumstances. At best, for us people fortunate enough to have a choice in the food department, no matter how dangerous some food can be, moderation is still they ultimate key.

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  16. This seems like one of those books you can read during a Barnes and Nobles cafe break. I think having a lot of sugar is definitely not healthy for anyone. If you limit your amounts instead of adding to it a difference will be seen.
    I’ve stopped with the added sugars it’s been years. I only have it if it’s already in the foods I eat like fruits, ice cream or cranberry juice etc... I don’t miss it! -Chastity

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  17. This is such an important topic. But it is so hard to start replacement of sugar for me. However, i do watch my intake :)


    XOXO Fiona | fionadiaries.com

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  18. I'm glad I don't have sugar cravings, except for my morning coffee!

    Xo, Nina
    Law of Fashion Blog

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  19. I absolutely love sugar but I do realize it isn't always good for me. It is so hard to cut it out completely though! This is a good reminder that I need to think more about what I am consuming.

    xoxo, Hannah

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  20. I have had to cut sugar and it has been a good move for me.

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  21. I eat pretty healthy but do admit I have a sweet tooth- but I think everything is okay in moderation!

    xo, Kristina

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