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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Keys, famous for inventing the K-ration – 12, calories packed in a little box for use by troops during the Second World War – declared fat to be public enemy number one and recommended that anyone who was worried about heart disease should switch to a low-fat “Mediterranean” diet.

Well, it turns out that it was “It is the sugar what kills you” hypothesis that was right all along. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute decided to go all in, commissioning the largest controlled trial of diets ever undertaken. They include front groups, lobbies, promises of self-regulation, lawsuits and industry-funded research that confuses wyite evidence and keeps the public in doubt.

In September last year she wrote an article for the BMJ formerly the British Medical Journalwhich makes the case for the inadequacy of the scientific advice that underpins the Dietary Guidelines. After serving in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the second world war, Yudkin was made a professor dead,y Queen Elizabeth College in London, where he built a department of nutrition science with an international reputation.

Pure, White, and Deadly

Rodents, chickens, rabbits, pigs and students fed sugar and carbohydrates, he said, invariably showed raised blood levels of triglycerides a technical term for fatwhich johm then, as now, considered a risk factor for heart disease.

Processed foods are the worst culprits with many disguises for sugar. It is a gaping omission, inexplicable in scientific terms, but entirely explicable in terms of the politics of nutrition science. To his credit, Ancel Keys realised early on that dietary cholesterol was not a problem.

Yudkin believed, based on research and observation, that it is sugar not fat which causes coronary artery disease. In the next 20 years that figure more than trebled.

Be the ahite to ask a question about Edadly, White and Deadly. But Group 2 was the one the men with the clipboards, standing behind the stacks of beans, had been waiting for. This increase was of great concern to health professionals, and it was widely attributed to an increase in the amount of fat, or of a particular type of fat, in the diet. Still, it would be reasonable to assume that Yudkin lost this argument simply because, bymore evidence had accumulated against fat than against sugar.


These firms employed a number of methods to impede Yudkin’s work. Yudkin was far ahead of his time. Losing weight is bloody hard work. But it was not impossible to foresee that the vilification of fat might be an error. He gained an international reputation for his book Pure, White and Deadlywhich warned that the consumption of sugar sucrosewhich consists of fructose and glucose is dangerous to health, an argument he had made since at least You may be able to maintain a healthy weight without depriving your sweet tooth though the impact of sugar on teeth is another story.

But Yudkin, who grew up in dire poverty in east London and went on to win a scholarship to Cambridge, was no killjoy. Pure White and Deadly was originally published in the early 70s.

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

Wuite as dangerous as alcohol and tobacco, warn health experts. 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. The most vocal critic was Ancel Keys. The Seven Countries Study was finally published as a page monograph in There is an epidemic of obese Sugar.

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. It’s worse after school when their tired parents cook up what they think is a natural healthy meal from the freezer section, and adding insult to injury, rarely include a fruit and or vegetable with that meal.

But a properly conducted trial is the only way to conclude with any confidence that X is responsible for Y. I think my chemo-brain can’t handle so much science right now and I already know that processed sugar is bad for me. Yudkin; Yudkin, John The Seven Countries study had become canonical, and the fat hypothesis was enshrined in official advice.

What this means is that diets that damn us to life without sweetness may be offering false hopes. This book is out of print and I had to get it via inter-library loan. From these strongholds, they directed funds to like-minded researchers, and issued authoritative advice to the nation.


Yudkin’s conviction that sugar was a death in a teaspoon was partly based on its role in increasing blood levels of triglycerides, an acknowledged risk for heart disease. While pursuing his PhD research, Yudkin took up medical studies in and started teaching physiology and biochemistry to medical students, [1] first at Christ’s College, then also at other colleges in Cambridge.

A minute talk he gave intitled Sugar: The author even speculates on the advantages of a diet based on paleolithic man – that is, he lays out an argument for the Paleo Diet before that term ever existed Short version of this book: Why do we eat so much of it? At the same time, there was a marked increase in papers by newcomers to the field, who were less likely to cite the work of the deceased eminence.

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Recommended to Pcallist by: Lusting he is correct in every sentence he does in this book. This induces a condition known as insulin resistance, or metabolic syndrome, which doctors now generally veadly to be the major risk factor for heart disease, diabetes and BBC obesity, as well as a possible factor for many cancers.

I first heard about this from Dr. This year, Lustig’s message has gone mainstream; many of the New Year diet books focused not on fat or carbohydrates, but on cutting out sugar and the everyday foods soups, fruit juicesbread that contain high levels of sucrose. We replaced yudkiin and sausages with pasta and rice, butter with margarine and vegetable oils, eggs with muesli, and milk with low-fat milk or orange juice.

Only occasionally were they asked to reconsider. This makes scientific inquiry prone to the eternal rules of human social life: Published October 30th by Viking first published We tend to think of heretics as contrarians, individuals with a compulsion to flout conventional wisdom.