Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Pure, white and deadly

Professor John Yudkin was a pioneer in health and nutrition in the UK. He had a clear view of the science and an ability to communicate to the public.

One target of his work was sugar. Yudkin was one of the first to emphasise the link between sugar, diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

His books, written for a popular audience, were written in the '50s, '60s and '70s. How come they seem to have had so little impact on consumers, doctors and Department of Health guidelines in the UK?

Perhaps the sugar industry and its PR body, the Sugar Bureau, may have had something to do with it.

Dr Robert Lustig cites Yudkin as one of his heroes in the fight for health and decent nutrition.

I was reminded of this in a talk given by US neurologist, Dr David Diamond. Why listen to a neurologist talking about nutrition? He reversed his own high risk blood lipid levels by adopting a controversial diet:

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