This collaboration is square in the middle of where Taubes excels -- meticulously piecing together the history of how nutritional policy came to be -- plus he was already writing a book about sugar. The duo start with World War II, when sugar was rationed. The sugar industry attempted to rebound after the war by proclaiming that sugar was a weight loss aid(!) Then they take us through the years where sugar began to be maligned, people began to cut back, and the industry responded with a savvy long-term campaign to suppress research about sugar, support their own research, and influence the medical establishment (actually I should say "industries", since Coke, Hershey, Kellog, and many more were apparently happy to chip in and do their part).
The article is well worth reading, as well as Couzens' Web site Sugar Politics and Taubes' blog.
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