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

John Yudkin: the man who tried to warn us about sugar” is about another hero, a hero on the level of Gary Taubes but less known. Let’s all choose to quit sugar and quit being corpulent.

If you want to be fit, it also helps to learn how to cook. Most chicks, like most people in general, don’t know how to cook and so default to sugar-laden takeout and pre-packaged food. We can do better. Most chicks also default to doing whatever you do, so if you make food without sugar in it, most chicks will default to that. This is a component of leadership.

Ms. Slav likes to cook, and that is a substantial marker in her favor.

Author: The Red Quest

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5 thoughts on ““John Yudkin: the man who tried to warn us about sugar””

  1. Pure, White and Deadly by Yudkin is a good read – I must have read it about 30 years ago. The sugar industry has huge lobbying power and prevented the message spreading.

    I have a sweet tooth, but manage to keep my sugar intake low through a mixture of discipline and using sugar substitutes. Not saccharin or aspartame as those have been shown to adversely affect the microbiome. I use xylitol and sometimes stevia. The former has good organoleptic qualities, but is nowhere as near as sweet as sucrose. Stevia is very sweet, but tastes a bit weird to me; it’s okay in small quantities. D-mannose is fairly sweet and has the benefit of helping keep urinary tract infections at bay if you take around 2g/day.

    BTW, don’t think you can gorge on fruit – fructose is a metabolic poison: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/21/fructose-poison-sugar-industry-pseudoscience

    “Yes, fructose has a low glycaemic index of 19, because it doesn’t increase blood glucose. It’s fructose, for goodness sake. It increases blood fructose, which is way worse. Fructose causes seven times as much cell damage as does glucose, because it binds to cellular proteins seven times faster; and it releases 100 times the number of oxygen radicals (such as hydrogen peroxide, which kills everything in sight). Indeed, a 20oz soda results in a serum fructose concentration of six micromolar, enough to do major arterial and pancreatic damage.”

    Lustig has a very good video on YouTube if you want to get into the science of it.


    1. Thanks for the book rec. I’ve already bought into the anti-sugar thing.

      I’m not too worried about fruit because it also comes with fiber, etc. I wouldn’t want an all-fruit diet, but fruit seems to “fill me up” in ways that refined sugar products like pastries, drinks, etc. don’t.


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