The book and author suffered a barrage of criticism at the time, particularly from the sugar industry , processed-food manufacturers, and Ancel Keys , an American physiologist who argued in favour of restricting dietary fat, not sugar, and who sought to ridicule Yudkin's work. Two further editions of the book were published, the second after Yudkin's death in An expanded version appeared in , revised by Yudkin himself, to include much additional research evidence. In the book was re-published by Penguin Books with a new introduction by Robert Lustig to reflect the changed nutritional context that the book had helped to create. The book was first published in in New York by the publisher Peter H.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Pure, White and Deadly: The new facts about the sugar you eat as a cause of heart disease, diabetes and other killers by John Yudkin. 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?
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Jan 14, Luffy rated it it was amazing. Such is the force behind the concept of sugar being harmful that this book embodies, that I have given up sugar instantly.
This may be a fad. So, just to make sure I go on losing weight, I decided to read Pure, White, and Deadly, over and over again. The last chapter shows a pockmarked battlefield where sugar's sacred guardians keep on belittling John Yudkin, the author. They employ sneaky tactics to relegate the author's studies to crackpot theory land. I first heard of this book from another one Such is the force behind the concept of sugar being harmful that this book embodies, that I have given up sugar instantly.
I first heard of this book from another one; Fat Chance by Robert H. Fat Chance is very informative. But though it's the successor to Yudkin's book, and has modern statistics at hand, Pure, White, and Deadly is the better book, by sheer force of the intellect. View all 14 comments. Aug 27, Liz rated it it was amazing. I read this book in when it first came out.
I wish that I had remembered it and stayed away from sugar. Now i have read it again and i recommend it to anyone who values their health. Yudkin believed, based on research and observation, that it is sugar not fat which causes coronary artery disease.
His research was ignored in favour of the big anti fat message propagated first by Ancel Keys and then by the US health organisations.
Yudkin shows how Keys research was faulty. Penguin has reissue I read this book in when it first came out. Penguin has reissued the book this year although you can still find and download the pdf version. Although aspects of Yudkin's work are outdated and the science has come a long way, the central core to his thesis - refined sugar sucrose is a poison and we should be working towards limiting it, and not increasing it, in our diets - was visionary.
Sadly, it was a cry that went unheeded, especially in the United States, where not long after this publication, we began to add exponential amounts of sugar to our diets in the form of High Fructose Corn Syrup.
Thank 3. At the time of its publication, Yudkin was essentially a lone wolf and his ideas seemed so radical, despite the commonly known mal-affects such as tooth decay, no one else was crying "Poison! Sadly, it seems unlikely that we are any closer to heeding his advice now then we were then.
There are 2 claims of his I do dispute: 1 Artificial sweetener is perfectly safe. Here, the science though still disputed by some, has generally shown otherwise.
Certainly, there are other parts of his work where medical knowledge, especially regarding diabetes, has greatly improved as well as changed, since the nature of the disease itself has evolved. Yudkin died in , just as the "diabesity" crisis was visibly growing. At the time Yudkin wrote his work, the sugar consumption in the U. The USDA now estimates that Americans now consume, on average, lbs of sugar and high fructose corn syrup. Food for thought indeed! I stumbled across Yudkin's work because of watching a medical lecture by Dr.
Lustig on YouTube, who cited Yudkin, anyone interested in Yudkin's work should find it of interest. FYI:It's 1. View all 5 comments. Sep 26, Meaghan Halkett rated it it was amazing. This is one of the best, most interesting, educational books I have read in a long time. It was out of my comfort zone. Besides teaching me a bit about sugar and nutrition, it also taught me a bit about the influences of politics.
An area I have struggled to understand, and show an interest. I have definatly reduced my sugar consumption after reading this book. Not just white sugar, but glucose fructose. I do not believe that there is 1 cause for obesity, and health issues, but too much of anyth This is one of the best, most interesting, educational books I have read in a long time.
I do not believe that there is 1 cause for obesity, and health issues, but too much of anything isn't good. This book delves into the north american diet, and the amount of sugar we consume, regularly, and how the food industry is increasing it all the time, to improve flavour.
We have to reduce fat and carbohydrates. This is a very interesting book. Not to long, educational, and a great read! Smith We watch Mad Men, and see Betty dropping cigarette ash over her children, and Don lighting up the moment he swings his legs out of bed, and it all seems kind of quaint. I wonder if in the Mad Men of the future, they'll laugh and be shocked at how we smilingly pushed sweets into the hands of children we didn't even hate. Professor Yudkin died unloved and unrecognised, defeated by the evil Ancel Keys and his "It's the fat what kills you" hypothesis, which suited the sugar industry, not least because the new healthy low-fat foods needed flavour, which comes, of course, from sugar go and look on the ingredients list sometime.
Well, it turns out that it was "It is the sugar what kills you" hypothesis that was right all along. But we knew that. Rober Lustig told us so watch Apr 26, Krissy marked it as to-read. View 1 comment. Feb 26, David rated it it was amazing. This book is incredible! John Yudkin presents an amazing case against the consumption of sugar and demonstrates quite convincingly that sugar, not fat and cholesterol, is at the root of the heart disease, obesity, and type II diabetes epidemic we are currently facing.
Good luck getting a hold of this book. It was very difficult to find. Step away from the sugar bowl now I read this as a companion piece to Robert Lustig's Fat Chance.
Pure White and Deadly was originally published in the early 70s. Both books demonstrate what a clear and present danger sugar is. Lustig's is more up-to-date in that he incorporates new knowledge about our hormonal systems but both men come to a similar conclusion - we should avoid sugar a I read this as a companion piece to Robert Lustig's Fat Chance.
Pure, White, and Deadly: How Sugar Is Killing Us and What We Can Do to Stop It
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John Yudkin: the man who tried to warn us about sugar
A couple of years ago, an out-of-print book published in by a long-dead British professor suddenly became a collector's item. Copies that had been lying dusty on bookshelves were selling for hundreds of pounds, while copies were also being pirated online. How exactly did a long-forgotten book suddenly become so prized? The cause was a ground-breaking lecture called Sugar: the Bitter Truth by Robert Lustig, professor of paediatric endocrinology at the University of California, in which Lustig hailed Yudkin's work as "prophetic".