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Among Americans, diabetes is more prevalent today than ever; obesity is at epidemic proportions; nearly 10% of children are thought to have a 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.
From a personal point of view, I am in the midst of a period on the well-known South Beach Diet with fabulous results to date, losing almost 20 pounds in just over two months. Down to 181 lbs. from 199 lbs at the end of October, I well realize that calorie and portion control, regular exercise, and the strict control of sugar intact is important for health. Of course, these are dietary factors of which I have always been aware.