Years ago when my kids were toddlers, my brother said, "Have you ever thought of keeping sugar away from them completely?" Terry was diabetic (maybe the condition was exacerbated by the many fine rye and cokes he consumed) but it turns out he may have had a point. The Case Against Sugar presents a history of sugar (Did you know that desserts were an invention of the 1850's and that originally only the aristocrat class in Britain could afford sugar?) that reveals the efforts to import sugar, then to grow sugar beets, the use of slave labour and finally the efforts of Big Sugar (much like Big Tobacco) to market sugar to women and children. There is a lot of suppressed or under-reported research to implicate our huge sugar consumption with diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, cancer and Alzheimers. In short, the diseases of North America and Europe. As each indigenous culture's taste turns to sugar, the incidence (or in some cases, the actual appearance) of these diseases increases. We could be poisoning ourselves. Table sugar is about half glucose and half fructose. Fructose follows a different metabolic pathway than glucose and is processed in the liver. It doesn't show up in blood sugar BUT it stimulates fat production and insulin resistance which is the cause of type 2 diabetes. The trend of food processors to use high fructose corn syrup as a sweetner is likely developing more and more type 2, obese diabetics.
Gary Taubes is a science writer and admits that he is biased against sugar. He has included an extensive section and notes to support his opinions. The biggest problem with researching the effect of sugar on our health is the complexity of the kind of nutritional studies that need to be done. The Case Against Sugar isn't the easiest read but it certainly made me think.
I am an avid reader and like to share some of my "finds" with others.