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Letters Sugar and the heart

The sugar hypothesis of heart disease never gathered supportive data

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 13 February 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f811
  1. A Stewart Truswell, emeritus professor1
  1. 1Human Nutrition Unit, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
  1. stewart.truswell{at}

Although “sugar causes heart disease” might become a little more fashionable after Pure, White and Deadly is reissued, the scientific data and constructs will not change. Evidence for the fat hypothesis is massive and has increased since Yudkin’s book went out of print.

I think Watts conveys two wrong impressions about Yudkin’s disappointment that the sugar hypothesis was not confirmed.1 I was …

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