There is something to be said for the container a book’s contents come in; mass market paperbacks are degraded in my mind, somehow an indicator of lower quality. So I wasn’t too surprised by the level of discourse in Dufty’s book, as I read the flimsy pulped pages.
He starts out strong, with a personal appeal, noting the meeting he was in with Gloria Swanson who refused the sugared danishes and lumps of sugar in coffee, claiming it to be poison as she tossed her hair back from her fabulously aging face. From Ms. Swanson’s example, the author went on his own journey through the sugar trail, tracking down the origin of all Westernized diseases to the root cause: sugar.
Our brains are sugar addled, we shouldn’t be able to eat sugar and drive our cars. He began to lose me in the haphazard chapters on ancient Greece and Egypt, and then lost me for good when he claimed that the sugar in cigarettes is really what causes cancer. And he made me laugh out loud when he claimed, “Kicking a sugar habit isn’t going to be easy, but it can be lots of fun.” From there he jumps scatterbrained around until finally landing on a chapter with quasi-recipes for soup and rice balls.
More on sugar’s health impact:
Sugar taken every day produces a continuously over-acid condition, and more and more minerals are required from deep in the body in the attempt to rectify the imbalance. Finally, in order to protect the blood, so much calcium is taken from the bones and teeth that decay and general weakening begins.
Excess sugar eventually affects every organ in the body. Initially, it is stored in the liver in the form of glucose (glycogen). Since the liver’s capacity is limited, a daily intake of refined sugar soon makes the liver expand like a balloon. When the liver is filled to its maximum capacity, the excess glycogen is returned to the blood in the form of fatty acids. These are taken to every part of the body and stored in the most inactive areas: the belly, buttocks, breasts and thighs.
Sugar should be given up in conjunction with red meat to restore the body’s natural balance. A whole yin/yang thang.
Dufty quotes a 1960s pamphlet The Sugar Story, which aimed to educate customers to the ill-effects of sugar, “Our intention is not to take the pleasure out of anyone’s life but to play a part in upgrading the quality of American food. If enough of us stop buying junk – even the better junk – the food manufacturers will listen.” Forty years later, I survey the American landscape of fat and know that we have not made a dent in speaking with our wallets. We have continued to reach for the junk year in and year out. And manufacturers gladly feed our need.