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Editorial Reviews

Editors Select, December 2016 - In addition to my addiction to books, I am also addicted to sugar. Ask any of my fellow editors, and they'd be able to tell you what my favorite candy is (Snickers). I almost never pass on dessert (how else are you supposed to know that your meal is over?), and I consider chocolate a major food group. Clearly, I have a problem. Now, in the thick of the holiday season, I've decided it's time to exercise some control. Enter The Case Against Sugar. Narrated by Mike Chamberlain, who has had an impressive 2016 with over 25 audiobooks to his name, The Case Against Sugar was the wake-up call I needed. Author Gary Taubes (Why We Get Fat) combines science and history in consumable fashion (pun intended), making his important message easy to digest (pun, again, intended). —Katie, Audible Editor
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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of Why We Get Fat, a groundbreaking, eye-opening exposé 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.
©2016 Gary Taubes (P)2016 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

"[Taubes] helps us understand how to make better decisions regarding sugar as individuals and as a nation." (Library Journal)
"The obesity epidemic is an ever-growing threat to the overall health of our nation. In making the case against sugar, Gary Taubes details the often insidious efforts by the sugar industry to hide how harmful it is, just as the tobacco companies once did. This is required reading for not only every parent, but every American." (Katie Couric)
"This deeply researched, well-reasoned exploration of the history and biology of sugar would convince any supreme court of nutrition that it is sugar, not fat, that should be indicted and limited. Doctors, scientists, policymakers, and concerned eaters would do well to heed Gary Taubes's advice." (Mark Hyman, M.D., author of The Blood Sugar Solution)
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By ChumlyDad on 02-03-17

A Revelation

As a physician I'm am sickened that I've been giving my patients bogus and harmful nutritional advice for the past 40 YEARS.
I personally have been sugar/carb free for several months and have become a true believer, especially after reading the science presented in this book.
A pox on the sugar industry!!!!

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By Kacper on 12-31-16


The history is laid out for you to form your own opinions based on the available data. I preordered this book and it lived up to expectations.

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By JoLovely on 03-24-17

Mike Chamberlain's style is extremely irritating

There's no intonation he often splits sentences halfway through and basically sounds like a very poor telesales exec in a boiler room ranting. This is the second book he's narrated which I've bought but I won't buy any more.

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By hmb_UK on 01-09-17

Interesting and important account

Would you try another book written by Gary Taubes or narrated by Mike Chamberlain?

Interesting history of our approach to sugar and health risks linked to everyday consumption; an important book, very well researched.
Not too sure about the narrator though - ended up reading the kindle version instead!

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By Barry on 01-07-17

A book every parent must read

Any book by Gary Taubes is fully researched and carefully thought out providing information easily understood...this book is no exception...I will be reading it again and again...

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By Rae on 01-25-17

Essential reading

Gary Taubes presents a compelling case for severely limiting sugar in our families diets. The startling idea that sugar may be toxic made me pause for thought.... What is a safe daily amount of sugar and refined carbs for a person to eat?
Children weigh much less than adults yet our western society gives them "treats" and rewards of chocolate and lollies....! Let alone processed food and sweet drinks. Fascinating audible book.

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