Pure, White and Deadly ~. John Yudkin was Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at the. University of London from to and is now Emeritus. Professor. Pure, White and Deadly. John Yudkin. Sugar. It is killing us. Why do we eat so much of it? What are its hidden dangers? In , when British scientist John. John Yudkin: the man who tried to warn us about sugar Nora Roberts; Pure, White and Deadly by John Yudkin, a book widely derided at the.

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A year or so before the video was posted, Lustig gave a similar talk to a conference of biochemists in Adelaide, Australia. Eventually, he tracked down a copy after submitting a request to his university library.

Yudkin found himself fighting a rearguard action, and he was defeated. The control group browsed as they pleased, and over six months they gradually gained the expected half pound or so which research suggests we will all put on between the ages of 30 and 40 unless we watch what we eat more carefully. This diet was, on paper, adequate in all nutrients — including riboflavin, which was supplied predominantly from millet. It’s interesting to see Yudkin come up with a lot of ideas that are now generally accepted but were ignored for decades.

What are its hidden dangers? Sugar is “Pure” and deadly. Only in the last few years has it become acceptable to study the effects of Atkins-type diets. Now i have read it again and i recommend it to anyone who values their health. My how history has served to correct the mistakes of the past.

Instead of treating the findings as a threat, the food industry spied an opportunity. Aug 22, Alex Sonne rated it really liked it. In laboratories in Denmark, Holland, Britain, Spain and Germany, scientists painstakingly recreated the exact atmosphere of supermarkets, using indigenous retail designers, and indigenous products. Show 25 25 50 All. Way ahead of its time.

John Yudkin, founder of the nutrition department at the University of London’s Queen Elizabeth College, had been doing his own experiments and, instead of laying the blame at the door of fat, he claimed there was a much clearer correlation between the rise in heart disease and a rise in the consumption of sugar. Many nutritionists refused to accept these conclusions.


After a while, a consensus emerged: It is very perceptive and occasionally quite funny. Unsurprisingly, then, repeated attempts to prove a correlation between dietary cholesterol and blood cholesterol failed. We tend to think of heretics as contrarians, individuals with a compulsion to flout conventional wisdom. These findings probably helped to persuade Yudkin that nutrition was not only a biological science but also had important social and economic components and implications.

John Yudkin presents an amazing case against the consumption of sugar and demonstrates quite convincingly that sugar, not fat anx cholesterol, is at the root of the heart disease, obesity, and type II yuskin epidemic we are currently facing.

Consider the idea that inflammation causes heart disease. But at home, it’s easy to say no to sugar in your tea. But its director-general, Margaret Chan, has warned that, while it might be on the back foot at last, the sugar industry remains a formidable adversary, determined to safeguard its market deadpy.

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John Yudkin: the man who tried to warn us about sugar

Heart disease, which had been a relative rarity in the s, was now felling middle-aged men at a frightening rate, and Americans were casting around for cause and cure.

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In a sense, they have succeeded: But their interpretation does. Not just defeated, in fact, but buried. I read this book in when it first came out. The first students were admitted inand in the Department of Nutrition was officially opened and Yudkin’s Chair was converted into a Professorship of Nutrition. It had hired a fully committed supporter of the fat hypothesis to replace him, and it was no longer deemed politic to have a prominent opponent yuxkin it on the premises. John Yudkin was only its first and most eminent victim.


Yudkin was correct in seeing the negative impact sugar was having not only on cavities, weight andd and diabetes but also on heart disease. Yudkin wrote several books recommending low-carbohydrate diets for weight loss, including This Slimming Business Daedly 26, Krissy marked ddeadly as to-read.

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We no longer live in a johm in which elites of accredited experts are able to dominate conversations about complex or contested matters. After all, he said, we had been eating substances like butter for centuries, while sugar, had, up until the s, been something of a rare treat for most people.

How exactly did a long-forgotten book suddenly become so prized? Proceedings of the Nutrition Society. Not just white sugar, but glucose fructose. Along with the findings of Who and Coma ad any link with heart disease, these results add weight to the argument for the rehabilitation of sugar in moderation.

Simple does not mean right, of course. I have spent years studying the ill effects of salt and sodium, now for years studying the ill effects of sugar and fructose. Should we all go back to eating what our grandmother’s cooked? Will we change yjdkin ways?

Eisenhower himself cut saturated fats and cholesterol from his diet altogether, right up until his death, infrom heart disease. This increase was of great concern to health professionals, and it was widely attributed to an increase in the amount of fat, or of a particular type of fat, in the diet. It was to the detriment of the health of millions.

It is likely that sucrose and other forms of sugar are highly correlated with many diseases, cancers and metabolic disorders.

An area I have struggled to understand, and show an interest.