The “Is Sugar A Food Or A Drug” Controversy

The Nashville Freelancers realize this article is going to be controversial.  That is okay, because when you are talking about a serous subject, there is nothing wrong with a little bit of controversy that enlists readers involvement in considering the topic at hand.

That being said, the question still remains is sugar a food or a drug?  We have decided to assume the deliberately prosecutorial approach Gary Taubes presented in his book The Case Against Sugar as the best way to present this article.

Taubes provided this information in an interview he did with Alden Mudge in the January 2017 edition of the Book Page magazine.  Many of his comments were eye-opening.

For example, in the beginning chapters of The Case Against Sugar, Taubes illustrates a historical accounting of the consumption of sugar.  This section of his book explains the addictive power of blended tobacco in cigarettes.

According to Taubes, in 1912, Camel cigarettes began introducing sugar in tobacco, which he explains increases “the sugar content of tobacco leaves-or marinating the leaves in a sugar sauce-has the effect of making the tobacco much more inhalable so that you can bring it into your lungs.”

Taubes also states, “it made it much more addictive, and allowed the carcinogens in smoke to get to this huge surface of the lungs.”

Clearly, sugar should be avoided.  Taubes examples this with scientific studies of newborns’ first responses to sugar that strongly suggest the addictive properties of sugar.

Another culprit caused by sugar consumption, according to Taubes, is diabetes and its associated diseases including cancer, Alzheimer’s, and heart disease.

Taubes provocative book suggests that it is sugar behind these ailments, and he presents the case of the Pima Indians of Arizona as proof.  In the early 20th Century, these Native Americans began eating a Western diet and experienced an explosion of diabetes throughout their tribe.

Public health authorities in the 1920s blamed the diabetes epidemic on sugar.  However, the sugar industry escaped the blame when medical scientists faulted obesity for causing diabetes, along with overeating and sedentary lifestyles.

Current Modern scientific belief is that diabetes is an insulin-resistant disorder.  And, the primary suspect of insulin resistance is, are you ready for this?  S-U-G-A-R!!!

Taubes’ controversies with food have also been well documented in his previous Bestsellers Good Calories, Bad Calories and Why We Get Fat, as well as his books Bad Science and Nobel Dreams.

Taubes’ book information is:

The Case Against Sugar
Published By – Knopf
Pages – 384
ISBN – 9780307701640
Genre – nutrition
an audiobook, and an eBook, are also available

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Brett Matthew West
Founder and President
The Nashville Freelancers

(On twitter – Nashville Freelancers)

***Brett Matthew West is a Nashvillian and a long time Freelance Writer.  His myriad of feature articles have been published in a vast array of newspapers and magazines around the United States.  He also possesses an extensive online presence for his Short Stories.***


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