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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John Yudkin, said the scientist, was a British professor of nutrition who had sounded the alarm on sugar back inin a book called Pure, White, and Deadly.

Nutrition, Dietetics, Catering Spring and Summer: Nevertheless, in Coma concluded there was ‘no proven link between sugar and heart disease’. Ancel Keys provided an answer: Books by John Yudkin. It was linked to mineral deficiency, hyperactivity, diabetes and tooth decay. 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”.

Dadly journals refused his papers.

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View all 5 comments. The first of these analyses produced no evidence for the view that total fat, or animal fator hydrogenated fat, was the direct cause of coronary thrombosis; in fact the closest relationship between coronary deaths and any single dietary factor was with sugar. Ina British scientist sounded the alarm that sugar — and not fat — was the greatest danger to our health.

InYudkin was mostly ignored by the health industry and media, but the events of the last forty years have proven him spectacularly right. In the supermarket laboratories, shoppers were divided into three groups.

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Obesity is a problem in some of the poorest ddeadly of the world, even among communities in which food is scarce. A couple of years ago, an out-of-print book published in by a long-dead British professor suddenly became a collector’s item. In the UK, the chancellor George Osborne has announced a new tax on sugary drinks.


The new facts about the sugar you eat as a cause of heart disease, diabetes and other killers by John Yudkin. Nor can it be passed off as innocuous scientific error.

To his credit, Ancel Keys realised early on that dietary cholesterol was not a problem. As a result, the World Judkin Organisation is set to recommend a cut in the amount of sugar in our diets from 22 teaspoons per day to almost half that. Ludwig makes clear, as Taubes does, that this is not a new theory — John Yudkin would have recognised it — but an old one that has been galvanised by new evidence.

This book is out of print and I had to get it via inter-library loan. By way of a scholarship to a local grammar school in Hackney, Yudkin made it to Cambridge.

What this means is that diets that damn us to life without sweetness may be offering false hopes. We have to reduce fat and carbohydrates. Aug 07, Pages.

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Sadly, it seems unlikely that we are any closer to heeding his advice now then we were then. He explores the ins and out of sugar, from the different types—is brown sugar really better than white?

During the following years the Department won an international reputation not only for the strength of its research in the physiological and biochemical aspects of the subject, but also for work in such topics as nutrition in the elderly, food surveys in defined populations and the psychology of food choiceand it attracted numerous students from outside the UK, many of them from developing countries.

Its intention was to summarise the evidence that the consumption of sugar was leading to a greatly increased incidence of coronary thrombosis; that it was certainly involved in dental caries, probably involved in obesity, diabetes and liver diseaseand possibly involved in goutdyspepsia and some cancers. Mar 22, Liz rated it liked it Shelves: I was impressed that so many decades ago research was being done on the harmful effects of fructose, yet politics and money has kept this from the public.


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. Well, it turns out that it was “It is the sugar what kills you” hypothesis that was right all along.

Many scientists, especially British ones, remained sceptical. The group, suggested Fleck, inevitably develops a mind of its own, as the individuals in it converge on a way of communicating, thinking and feeling. The Bitter Truth http: They took him down so severely — so severely — that nobody wanted to attempt it on their own. Yudkin died injust as the “diabesity” crisis was visibly growing.

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

The Seven Countries Study was finally published as a page monograph in In America, average calorific intake increased by just a sixth over that period. My own kids had never seen a Brussels sprout stock or the green tops of carrots.

Prominent nutritionists combined with the food industry to destroy his reputation, and his career never recovered. Yudkin retired from his Professorship in and left the College in Sugar the Bitter Truth: Coma has also recently suggested that health educators should attempt to correct the public’s misconceptions about sugar.

Sugar has become dietary enemy number one. I guess I have a thing against tasty white crystals in the diet. Gary Taubes is a physicist by background. Researchers interested in the effects of sugar and complex carbohydrates on obesity only had to look at what had happened to the most senior nutritionist in the UK to see that pursuing such a line of inquiry was a terrible career move.

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