John Yudkin, was a British professor of nutrition who had sounded the alarm on sugar back in 1972, he believed that sugar, not fat, was the more likely cause of maladies such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes. But his findings were ridiculed and his reputation ruined.
Almost 40 years later, Robert Lustig, paediatric endocrinologist at the University of California who specializes in the treatment of childhood obesity, argues forcefully that fructose, a form of sugar, is a “poison” culpable for America’s obesity epidemic. A 90-minute talk he gave in 2009, titled Sugar: The Bitter Truth, has now been viewed more than six million times on YouTube.
In the US, the latest edition of the government’s official dietary guidelines includes a cap on sugar consumption. In the UK, the chancellor George Osborne has announced a new tax on sugary drinks.
Sugar has become dietary enemy number one.This represents a dramatic shift in priority. For at least the last three decades, the dietary arch-villain has been saturated fat.