The Case Against Sugar by Gary TaubesFrom the best-selling author of Why We Get Fat, a groundbreaking, eye-opening expose 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.
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Here, Gary challenges Dr. Oz to reexamine his fundamental assumptions about nutrition and why we gain and lose weight. Click here to see Dr. Oz and Gary Taubes debate the effectiveness of exercise for weight loss. Click here to watch Part 2.
As anyone who watches his hit TV show knows, Dr. Mehemet Oz is fond of exploiting the fact that he is a medical doctor who possesses masterful surgical skills to make it seem as if he is knowledgeable about nutrition. Oz says on the subject may as well be coming from the Land of Oz. Observation does not equal causation. So what that he sees cholesterol in peoples bodies? He also sees organs, blood vessels, nerves, etc.
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Today marks my appearance on the Dr. The Dr. This made it more difficult than I would have liked to get across the important messages from my books, but television is television and I certainly knew what they had in store for me. The idea despite all the controversy is pretty simple. Raise insulin levels and we accumulate more fat in our fat cells. Lower insulin and fat is released from the fat cells and the cells of our lean tissue can burn it for fuel. If you doubt insulin regulates fat accumulation in fat cells, you can literally look it up in any good biochemistry or endocrinology the study of hormones and related disorders textbook — the latest editions, say, of Lehningers Principles of Biochemistry or Williams Textbook of Endocrinology , which are the authoritative texts in their respective fields.