managing an LCHF lifestyle in Israel
“Pure, White and Deadly” by Prof. John Yudkin
Prof. John Yudkin (1910-1995) was a physician and nutritionist who mainly did research on sugar. He was one of the opponents to Dr. Ancel Keys’ theories that fat is causing heart diseases and managed to show in his experiments that sugar is behind numerous of our modern diseases, heart attacks being one of them. Unfortunately he was discredited and not taken seriously.
His book “Pure, White and Deadly” has now been reprinted (with foreword by Dr. R. Lustig). The book was first published in 1972 and was published again in 1986 with some new commentary by himself. (Since then it was out of print till now.)
In the book Yudkin doesn’t only explain about his research and conclusions, but he also talks about sugar’s history, explains how it’s refined, the differences between different types of sugar, and in the end he gives examples how the sugar industry manages to silence research about sugar’s negative effects.
He writes in a low-key, easy-going, humorous way and it almost feels as if one has a private conversation with him. Several times he writes that this or that only are theories and need more research – Theories that has now been found true! Unfortunately, it seems that not many took his word for it, and it’s only now that research has begun to take some action …
And then, every now and then, you have to remember that he wrote the book more than 40 years ago, especially when he talks about artificial sweeteners and margarine … 😉