Pure, White and Deadly by John Yudkin

Pure, White and Deadly

By John Yudkin

  • Release Date: 2012-11-01
  • Genre: Social Science
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Description

Sugar. It's killing us.

Why do we eat so much of it?

What are its hidden dangers?

In 1972, when British scientist John Yudkin first proved that sugar was bad for our health, he was ignored by the majority of the medical profession and rubbished by the food industry.

We should have heeded his warning.

Today, 1 in 4 adults in the UK are overweight.

There is an epidemic of obese six month olds around the globe.

Sugar consumption has tripled since World War II.

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 than white? - to how it is hidden inside our everyday foods, and how it is damaging our health.

Brought up-to-date by childhood obesity expert Dr Robert Lustig M.D., his classic 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.

'[A] valiant . . . attempt to warn us against our lust for sucrose' Geoff Watts, British Medical Journal

' A medical classic' Jack Winkler, Nutrition Policy Unit, London Metropolitan University

'Arguably the leading nutritionist of his time' Guardian

'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

'Worldwide, around 180million tonnes of refined sugar is produced each year and the UK market alone is worth nearly £1billion. Little wonder that no one listened to eminent nutritionist Professor John Yudkin when he called sugar 'pure, white and deadly' back in 1972 and quite rightly warned of the links between excessive consumption and heart disease' Catherine Collins, Principal Dietician, St George's Hospital

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, he recently appeared on the BBC 2 documentary The Men Who Made Us Fat and his book Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease is being published in Autumn 2012.

Reviews

  • Pure White And Deadly

    5
    By apeddle
    A very interesting and informative book. It will certainly change your views on sugar! Is sugar the new tobacco scandal? Only time will tell.
  • A must-read for anyone interested in food, nutrition and dietary matters.

    5
    By Karloid (UK)
    If this is not on the reading list of every health-related undergraduate course - from sports and fitness, through to nutrition and public health - it ought to be. Too much is written today on fad diets, fat alone and calories independent of thorough detail and rigour. Whereas this text acts as a spotlight onto the damning politics and corruption fuelling a global food industry - an industry leading to a global health crisis. As part of a balanced collection of texts: a must-read.
  • Fantastic book

    5
    By Panth
    This a clear example of the miseducation we're accustomed to at school and at home as well as in the media. Pure, white and deadly is a book that should be on the school curriculum to read and study. We are not not educated about food in schools. People say food education should be taught at home but most our parents are of a generation where they followed eating habits from generation upon generation of the family tree. Food is just given at dinner time there is no intellectual dialect as to what we are putting in our body. (Feel lucky that you have food at all don't ask questions). That's why is up to the new generation growning up in the Information Age to make others aware the dangers of certain foods especially white sugar. This book Pure, White and Deadly sets the standard of teaching the masses of the dangers of white sugar. Thank you Dr Yudkin, I shall spread your teachings

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