Sugar

Sugar : The Grass that Changed the World

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Our lust for sugar has changed the shape of the world economically culturally and scoially. Sanjida O' Connell reveals, in accessible and scintillating prose, the extraordinary and illuminating story of sugar's journey from a grass to world domination.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 144 x 226 x 24mm | 340.2g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 075351057X
  • 9780753510575
  • 950,657

Review quote

"O'Connell pulls the material together in an accessible and interesting way. By exposing sugar's impact on health, economies, landscape, politics and culture, she justifies her grandiose title. Sugar has indeed changed the world." Independent "A timely publication...As the severity of the obesity crisis becomes clear, the truth about sugar is slowly dawning on the Western world - this, not salt or cocaine, is the white powder that threatens the health of nations." Health and Fitness magazine "O'Connell explains humanity's ancient and complex relationship with sugar in clear, sparkling prose... This is a timely study of the way in which sugar is affecting our minds as well as our bodies." Waitrose Food Illustrated "Sanjida O'Connell does for sugar what Dava Sobel did for longitude: make a gripping drama out of dry school lessons." Guardianshow more

Back cover copy

Sugar is produced in 121 countries worldwide and annual production, which already exceeds 120 million tonnes globally, is increasing year on year. Sugar has been described as a medicine, a necessity, a drug, but its tale is one of both life and death - it is in every cell of our bodies. Humans are all dependent on sugar for life, but it was responsible for the enslavement and death of millions of Afticans and is at the root of one of today's most serious health problems: over one fifth of adults in the UK and third of adults and half of the children in America are clinically obese. Our lust for sugar has changed the shape of the world economically culturally and scoially. Sanjida O' Connell reveals, in accessible and scintillating prose, the extraordinary and illuminating story of sugar's journey from a grass to world domination.show more

Review Text

"A timely publication...As the severity of the obesity crisis becomes clear, the truth about sugar is slowly dawning on the Western world - this, not salt or cocaine, is the white powder that threatens the health of nations."show more

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