The classic exposé on the dangers of sugar, with a new introduction by Robert H. Lustig, the bestselling author of Fat Chance Scientist John Yudkin was the first. Pure, White and Deadly - John Yudkin. Ovidiu C. Vishan. Loading Preview. Sorry, preview is currently unavailable. You can download the paper by clicking the. Keys loathed Yudkin and, even before Pure, White and Deadly appeared, he published an article, describing Yudkin's evidence as "flimsy.
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Pure, White and Deadly ~. John Yudkin was Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at the. University of London from to and is now Emeritus. Professor. John Yudkin - Pure, White and echecs16.info - Download as PDF File .pdf) or view presentation slides online. Book about negative aspects of sugar. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. John Yudkin () was a British physiologist and nutritionist. He became internationally famous with his book Pure.
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.
Sugar also raised insulin levels, linking it directly to type 2 diabetes. When he outlined these results in Pure, White and Deadly, in , he questioned whether there was any causal link at all between fat and heart disease. 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. When devising their low-fat products, manufacturers had needed a fat substitute to stop the food tasting like cardboard, and they had plumped for sugar.
The new "healthy" foods were low-fat but had sugar by the spoonful and Yudkin's findings threatened to disrupt a very profitable business. As a result, says Lustig, there was a concerted campaign by the food industry and several scientists to discredit Yudkin's work. The most vocal critic was Ancel Keys. Keys loathed Yudkin and, even before Pure, White and Deadly appeared, he published an article, describing Yudkin's evidence as "flimsy indeed".
The British Sugar Bureau put out a press release dismissing Yudkin's claims as "emotional assertions" and the World Sugar Research Organisation described his book as "science fiction".
When Yudkin sued, it printed a mealy-mouthed retraction, concluding: "Professor Yudkin recognises that we do not agree with [his] views and accepts that we are entitled to express our disagreement. Others he organised were cancelled at the last minute, after pressure from sponsors, including, on one occasion, Coca-Cola. When he did contribute, papers he gave attacking sugar were omitted from publications.
Even Queen Elizabeth College reneged on a promise to allow the professor to use its research facilities when he retired in to write Pure, White and Deadly. Only after a letter from Yudkin's solicitor was he offered a small room in a separate building. By the end of the Seventies, he had been so discredited that few scientists dared publish anything negative about sugar for fear of being similarly attacked.
As a result, the low-fat industry, with its products laden with sugar, boomed. Yudkin's detractors had one trump card: his evidence often relied on observations, rather than on explanations, of rising obesity, heart disease and diabetes rates. Researchers found fructose, one of the two main carbohydrates in refined sugar, is primarily metabolised by the liver; while glucose found in starchy food like bread and potatoes is metabolised by all cells.
This means consuming excessive fructose puts extra strain on the liver , which then converts fructose to fat. This induces a condition known as insulin resistance, or metabolic syndrome, which doctors now generally acknowledge to be the major risk factor for heart disease, diabetes and BBC obesity, as well as a possible factor for many cancers.
Yudkin's son, Michael, a former professor of biochemistry at Oxford, says his father was never bitter about the way he was treated, but, "he was hurt personally".
The substance is so much part of our culture, that to be told downloading children an ice cream may be tantamount to poisoning them, is most unwelcome. But Yudkin, who grew up in dire poverty in east London and went on to win a scholarship to Cambridge, was no killjoy.
But at home, it's easy to say no to sugar in your tea. He believed if you educated the public to avoid sugar, they'd understand that.
Obesity rates in the UKare now 10 times what they were when it was first published and the amount of sugar we eat has increased The number of diabetics in the world has nearly trebled. 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.