Along with his other book, Why We Get Fat, this book should be required reading for everyone. It provides deep insight into the sugar industry and the powerful corporations behind it that have influenced dietary recommendations for decades. Taubes also provides overwhelming evidence that sugar is the ultimate cause of many diseases including heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s. I think everyone in college should be required to attend a course on basics of nutrition, and I would make Taubes’ books part of the curriculum.
It’s been awhile since I’ve read anything related to health and fitness, but Taubes knocked it out of the park with Why We Get Fat. This is a truncated version of his other book, Good Calories, Bad Calories. At its heart, this book details the importance of regulating blood sugar if our goal is to maintain optimal health and weight. I wrote an extensive post about the book including all of my notes here.