This Month's Pick: The Case Against Sugar

April 2024

At SIMPLE Bars, our mission is to disrupt the sugar packed snack industry and there's no better way than to empower our community with knowledge about sugar. That's why we're committed to recommending insightful books each month to help you make healthier choices and stay informed. 

The Case Against Sugar is a ground-breaking exposé of the sweet treat found in our pantries — sugar. With a discerning eye, Taubes looks beyond the facade of sweetness and dives into a detailed examination of its impact on health. He deftly weaves together historical background, scientific research, and societal trends to present a compelling case against sugar, explaining how it contributes to many chronic diseases including obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and even cancer.

Six Main Takeaways of the Book

1. Sugar as a Leading Cause of Chronic Illness

Taubes highlights the role of sugar in incubating diverse chronic illnesses including obesity, diabetes, hypertension, kidney damage, and cancer. His inclusions of scientific research emphasize the need to minimize sugar consumption.

2. Industry Influence

The author uncovers the deliberate obfuscation of health risks of sugar consumption by the sugar industry, bringing attention to the manipulation of nutritional findings and societal trends.

3. Sugar and Addiction

The addictive properties of sugar are discussed in detail, comparing it to highly addictive substances like cocaine. The book raises important ethical questions surrounding childhood eating habits and societal pressure to consume sweets.

4. Link to Historical Events

Taubes interestingly links the sugar trade to the emergence of slavery and wars, shedding new light on the deep-rooted societal impacts of this commodity.

5. Psychological Effects of Sugar

Beyond physical health, the author also presents evidence of the neurohormonal impact of sugar on the mind, exploring how it can influence our cognition and behaviour.

6. Dietary Changes and Health Reforms

The book calls for tangible changes in our dietary habits and regulations, pressing the need to drastically limit sugar consumption to battle the rising tide of chronic diseases.

About the Author

Renowned author, Gary Taubes, brings his investigative prowess to the realm of health. Known for his depth and clarity, his real talent lies in his ability to masterfully articulate complex science in ways that captivate the minds of the reader. His journalistic experience shines through in his work, making his data-packed books engaging and accessible to all readers.