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“The Personal Responsibility Argument Is Complete and Utter Nonsense”


If sugar consumption is a huge driver of the obesity and diabetes epidemics, how should we act? Isn’t it all a matter of personal responsibility? No, says cardiologist Dr. Aseem Malhotra:

“To have personal responsibility, you need information and choice, and people have neither,” he says. “Sugar is so prevalent in our environment that it’s unavoidable. The personal responsibility argument is complete and utter nonsense.”

I Quit Sugar: Dr Aseem Malhotra: “Fat’s as likely to make you fat as green vegetables.”

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The Truth About the Australian Sugar Paradox

Sugar paradox

Is there an Australian sugar paradox? Did Australians – alone in the world – have an obesity epidemic while eating less sugar?

This is something that two Australian researchers have claimed. But as this great documentary tells us, that claim is highly doubtful. Australians are probably not unique in the world in their tolerance to sugar.

Instead the explanation to the researchers’ imaginative use of statistics is likely more mundane. Incompetence… or money… or both. Here’s the truth about the Australian sugar paradox.

ABC: Analysing the Australian Paradox: Experts Speak out About the Role of Sugar in Our Diets

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The New Gary Taubes Book: The Case Against Sugar

A Case Against Sugar

Gary Taubes is one of the true pioneers of the low-carb movement of the last two decades. His major articles in Science (2001) and The New York Times (2002), followed by the trailblazing book Good Calories, Bad Calories (2007) were hugely influential. After that he’s written a more consumer-friendly and shorter book called Why We Get Fat (2011).

If it was not for these writings this website might not exist, and I could be doing something entirely different and altogether less interesting.

Finally Taubes is now done with his next book, to be published at the end of December this year. Here it is:

Penguin Random House: The Case Against Sugar

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The China Diabetes Explosion


How come people in Asia can eat a lot of white rice and stay thin and healthy? It’s a common question. But it’s wrong.

Asian people may have been eating white rice for many decades, but the fact is that they are NOT thin and healthy anymore. Instead, diabetes type 2 is exploding in China and India, and in China it is now more common than in the United States.

The rate of diabetes has skyrocketed in China, from less than one percent of the population in 1980 to now at least 10.6 percent.

SCMP: One in three of world’s adults with diabetes is in China, WHO reports

This massive problem is hidden when we look at weight by BMI. Asian people have a lighter build on average than Caucasians. When they hit BMI 23 they may still be considered “normal” weight by Western BMI standards, but they may be skinny fat, with abdominal obesity. And they may already have diabetes type 2.

This is what happens to a population that bases their diet on rice, when you first refine it to white rice and then add sugar and processed Western junk food and 24-hour food availability. And then add sedentary office jobs on top of that.

Lots of sugar into the body, very little sugar out. It’s a perfect recipe for a diabetes disaster.

The solution is fewer carbs, and less often.

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TWO Great Interviews About Sugar, with Dr. Aseem Malhotra

Is sugar worse than smoking and alcohol?

Jamie Oliver's been campaigning for a tax on sugary foods – but is sugar really that bad for you? Dr Aseem Malhotra talks to Marc Fennell and Jan Fran to answer: is sugar worse than smokes or booze?

Publicerat av The Feed SBS den 6 april 2016

Here’s not one, but two new great interviews about sugar, with Dr. Aseem Malhotra.

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Let’s Stop Pretending That Juice is Better Than Soda


Americans are drinking less soda every year. But there’s evidence that they are “still getting hoodwinked by juices and other sugary beverages”.

Fruit juice and “sports drinks” are pretty much the same thing as soda. Sugar and water, not much else.

Vox: Fruit Juice Isn’t Much Better for You than Soda. Let’s Stop Pretending Otherwise.

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Amazing Read: The Sugar Conspiracy

Here’s an amazing read:

In 1972, a British scientist sounded the alarm that sugar – and not fat – was the greatest danger to our health. But his findings were ridiculed and his reputation ruined. How did the world’s top nutrition scientists get it so wrong for so long?

How DID they get is so wrong for so long? This is possibly the best thing ever written on the topic. Read it and enjoy it:

The Guardian: The Sugar Conspiracy

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70% of the US Population Eat Way Too Much Sugar – Here’s Why


The new guidelines for Americans recommend no more than ten percent of calories from added sugar. And 70% of people in the US eat more than that. The WHO even recommends below five percent added sugars – not many people manage that today.

What is the source of all that added sugar? It’s really quite simple: the largest sources are sugar-sweetened beverages, snacks and sweets – as you can see in this nice graphic. If you avoid all that you’ll probably stay under the five percent level.

JAMA: New Dietary Guidelines Place Added Sugars in the Crosshairs

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U.S. Soda Consumption Falls to 30-Year Low


Soda sales are down, down, down in the US. They dropped for the 11th consecutive year, down to a 30-year low. Good news.

Time: U.S. Soda Consumption Falls to 30-Year Low

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Low-Carb Fruits and Berries – the Best and the Worst

Low-Carb Fruits

What are the best and the worst fruits and berries to eat on a low-carb diet? Here’s our brand new guide, feel free to share:

Low-Carb Fruits and Berries – the Best and the Worst