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Gary Taubes and the Case Against Sugar

Illustration by Simone Rein

GARY TAUBES IS A JOURNALIST ON A CRUSADE. IN TWO earlier books, Good Calories, Bad Calories and Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It, he marshalled masses of evidence to support his thesis that the calories in/calories out model is wrong, that carbohydrates are the cause of obesity and most of the “diseases of civilization,” and that simply restricting carbohydrates will result in weight loss regardless of the total number of calories ingested. In his new book The Case Against Sugar (bit.ly/2vGIRCS) he narrows his focus to sugar. He says it is an addictive drug and is the cause of the obesity epidemic and of many chronic diseases. He makes a cohesive argument backed by evidence, but his Author’s Note inadvertently exposes what is wrong with the book:

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