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Editorial Reviews

Editors Select, December 2016 - In addition to my addiction to books, I am also addicted to sugar. Ask any of my fellow editors, and they'd be able to tell you what my favorite candy is (Snickers). I almost never pass on dessert (how else are you supposed to know that your meal is over?), and I consider chocolate a major food group. Clearly, I have a problem. Now, in the thick of the holiday season, I've decided it's time to exercise some control. Enter The Case Against Sugar. Narrated by Mike Chamberlain, who has had an impressive 2016 with over 25 audiobooks to his name, The Case Against Sugar was the wake-up call I needed. Author Gary Taubes (Why We Get Fat) combines science and history in consumable fashion (pun intended), making his important message easy to digest (pun, again, intended). —Katie, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of Why We Get Fat, a groundbreaking, eye-opening exposé that makes the convincing case that sugar is the tobacco of the new millennium: backed by powerful lobbies, entrenched in our lives, and making us very sick.

Among Americans, diabetes is more prevalent today than ever. Obesity is at epidemic proportions; nearly 10% of children are thought to have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. And sugar is at the root of these, and other, critical, society-wide, health-related problems. With his signature command of both science and straight talk, Gary Taubes delves into Americans' history with sugar: its uses as a preservative, as an additive in cigarettes, the contemporary overuse of high-fructose corn syrup. He explains what research has shown about our addiction to sweets. He clarifies the arguments against sugar, corrects misconceptions about the relationship between sugar and weight loss, and provides the perspective necessary to make informed decisions about sugar as individuals and as a society.

©2016 Gary Taubes (P)2016 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"[Taubes] helps us understand how to make better decisions regarding sugar as individuals and as a nation." ( Library Journal)
"The obesity epidemic is an ever-growing threat to the overall health of our nation. In making the case against sugar, Gary Taubes details the often insidious efforts by the sugar industry to hide how harmful it is, just as the tobacco companies once did. This is required reading for not only every parent, but every American." (Katie Couric)
"This deeply researched, well-reasoned exploration of the history and biology of sugar would convince any supreme court of nutrition that it is sugar, not fat, that should be indicted and limited. Doctors, scientists, policymakers, and concerned eaters would do well to heed Gary Taubes's advice." (Mark Hyman, M.D., author of The Blood Sugar Solution)

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A Revelation

As a physician I'm am sickened that I've been giving my patients bogus and harmful nutritional advice for the past 40 YEARS.
I personally have been sugar/carb free for several months and have become a true believer, especially after reading the science presented in this book.
A pox on the sugar industry!!!!

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  • k
  • 12-31-16

Comprehensive.

The history is laid out for you to form your own opinions based on the available data. I preordered this book and it lived up to expectations.

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Sugar: Guilty as charged!

For all of my life I have believed what the powers-that-be tell us about nutrition. Carbs are good and Fat is bad. After reading this book as well as Mr Taubes' previous title, Good Calories Bad Calories, my thinking has been turned completely around. This book offers sound scientific backup for everything it claims. I am now seriously concerned for our society as we constantly eat and drink sugar. we as a society are also heavier and a lot sicker because of it.

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  • Hunter
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  • 05-16-17

If you're tired of being force fed sugar

This book changed my life. If you're tired of being force fed sugar by the processed food industry, you owe it to yourself to read this one.

We all know that sugar is ubiquitous in our food supply. It's in just about everything.

Turns out we have been wrong all along. It's in literally everything, including cigarettes!

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This book should be required reading for everyone.




In my mind the case is closed. Sugar is the devil! Gary taubes provides a convincing argument against sugar. Sugar seems to be the real cause for all the Western diseases that cause mankind to suffer. High blood pressure, heart attacks, Altzheimer's, and Cancer all seem to be caused by sugar consumption. What an absolutely fascinating book!

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Diet detective

This book is a methodical diet - health detective story. It is a great listening experience.

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  • jsbthree
  • Nashville, TN, United States
  • 12-31-16

Guilty as charge. Gripping and totally absorbing

I can't see how sugar can go free unless the judge is bought. Everyone needs to hear this book. Taubes has created a masterful case that if history is repeated will be attacked by doctors in the employ of big sugar, big Pharma and big agro. Don't let them get away with this.

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Fails to deliver concrete, practical advice

The book includes a tediously detailed history on the research of sugar and its impact on health, but fails to provide any practical guidance on what we should do about this. For example, should we limit consumption of fruits? (or any naturally occurring sugars), carbs in general? (bread, pasta, potatoes...). Are artificial sweeteners a good alternative? How much sugar is it safe to consume? (and no, "zero sugar" is not a realistic option). Is honey okay? Are sweet potatoes okay?

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must read by people with metabolic syndrome

Amazing dive into the history of sugar and nutrition research. Help yourself and your family and quit sugar entirely ASAP

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Found guilty

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, to try to help them understand the danger of sugar.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Case Against Sugar?

The part that focused on the Pima indians was the strongest point of this book and really showed the deadly effects sugar has on health.

Which character – as performed by Mike Chamberlain – was your favorite?

N/A

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The sweet taste of death.

Any additional comments?

This book makes it clear that although it's pretty much impossible to prove that sugar is the cause of most of our ills in society, it is most definitely the prime suspect who, if not for a few charismatic champions and reckless government policies, would have been found guilty long ago.

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  • JoLovely
  • 03-24-17

Mike Chamberlain's style is extremely irritating

There's no intonation he often splits sentences halfway through and basically sounds like a very poor telesales exec in a boiler room ranting. This is the second book he's narrated which I've bought but I won't buy any more.

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  • hmb_UK
  • 01-09-17

Interesting and important account

Would you try another book written by Gary Taubes or narrated by Mike Chamberlain?

Interesting history of our approach to sugar and health risks linked to everyday consumption; an important book, very well researched.
Not too sure about the narrator though - ended up reading the kindle version instead!

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  • rachel
  • 01-07-17

really informative a robust history of sugar

i read why we get fat and since reading i lost over 30 lbs since October. I through this was naturally avoiding sugar. What Gary states makes a lot of sense. The best thing to do is give ot a try. i was weaned off it after a month ans feel much better for not having it and dong miss it.

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  • Matthew Carter
  • 02-14-17

Great Book - Gary is a legend !

The research is thorough and the information as shocking as it is compelling. Let's hope it will persuade the general public that the verdict is heeded. A must read for anyone interested in living a life free of disease.

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  • NICOLE
  • 01-20-17

Well presented case not a polemic

Inteesting and convincing sadly that at best we do not need sugar and at worst that it is doing urrevocable harm to modt of us and our children. The author reminds ud that he too is subject to confirmatory bias and there are many caveats to the Case. Thus if you ate loiking for a definitive public health mwssage this is more nuanced than the title suggests. I still haveht clearly got why frugtose/glucose aka sugar can uniqueky trigger metabolic syndrome via visceral fat. Did enjoy all the history of sugar and its marketing.

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  • JK London
  • 04-06-17

Amazing and well researched new book on sugar

This is an audio book I could not 'put down'. It told me all about sugar I ever wanted to know and asked questions beyond the trodden path. Great narration too, which made the content alive and easy to listen to. Thank you for this amazing research and for turning it into this excellent audio book.

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  • Stephen
  • 04-04-17

Thought Provoking!

loved this, really made me see sugar, and its history, differently. A new insight into an age old program

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  • Suswati
  • 10-05-17

Detailed look at how sugar is peddled to masses

It's true, a lot of the arguments seem obvious in this day and age that sugar is bad for you. However, this book explains how for decades, giant corporations such as Coca Cola and well known confectioners, and academics with interests in the sugar foundation attempted to thwart all research surrounding this. For much of the time, sugar was seen as the better evil compared to saturated fat, but actually it has been the number one cause in the rise of diabetes, illnesess related to cancer and even dementia.

It is important to read why sugar has been ignored for so long, and no doubt it'll make you feel guilty for reaching for that chocolate bar, and possibly question if that spoonful in your tea is a good idea.

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  • Austin
  • 08-15-17

Fantastic book! Very informative!

Confirmation of much that I knew about sugar already but also much more that I didn't know!

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  • Marcin Grzadzielski
  • 02-26-17

A thought-provoking book.

Scientific as it gets. Sugar and all that's related to it is being literally broken down to atoms, asking an age long question: How harmless sugar really is? If it is at all harmless.


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  • Barry
  • 01-07-17

A book every parent must read

Any book by Gary Taubes is fully researched and carefully thought out providing information easily understood...this book is no exception...I will be reading it again and again...

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  • Rae
  • 01-25-17

Essential reading

Gary Taubes presents a compelling case for severely limiting sugar in our families diets. The startling idea that sugar may be toxic made me pause for thought.... What is a safe daily amount of sugar and refined carbs for a person to eat?
Children weigh much less than adults yet our western society gives them "treats" and rewards of chocolate and lollies....! Let alone processed food and sweet drinks. Fascinating audible book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-29-18

logical

Definitely worth reading. Is sugar really giving you anything but a quick fix. Knowing whether one's health improves without sugar in the diet is worth investigating.

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  • Ana Fabela
  • 03-18-18

good science book

Very thorough witg evidence and its analysis, Taubes is careful while presenting his conclusions. Recommended!

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  • Deborah Hoad
  • 12-30-17

He makes a good case

I find myself angry at the sugar industry and associated industries for the decades of lying to us about a product as likely, or more likely, to kill us as tobacco. I also find myself very motivated to quit sugar, even though I know it will be difficult.

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  • dorothy Soper
  • 09-03-17

Name your poison.

How will we ever know just how sugar affects our health unless they do research to this affect. What can we tell our grandchildren? Do we just sit back and see more Diabetes, Insulin resistance, Alzheimers and more diseases as the years go by? Put the big businesses aside, no more marketing sugar, lets do some studies that will show the truth behind sugar. What if the sugar industry suffers! So what!