If you've ever visited the dentist or caught a promo for The Biggest Loser, you know sugar -- or at least the kind we eat -- isn't that great for you. This is no batshit urban legend. What is a theory (and aptly referred to as the "sugar conspiracy") is that sugar might be even worse for our bodies than most people know about, and its true effects are being covered up by the government. Zoinks!
The claims trace their source back to an Australian scientist and professor of nutrition John Yudkin. In his 1972 book, Pure White and Deadly, Yudkin states, "If only a small fraction of what we know about the effects of sugar were to be revealed in relation to any other material used as a food additive, that material would promptly be banned," and essentially claims that sugar -- not fat -- is the prime driver behind obesity and associated ailments like diabetes and heart disease.
At this point, the story basically delves into a familiar narrative: sugar is kept (relatively) alive and well by lobbyists and bankrolled corporations, making sure the public at large doesn't catch a gander of sugar's true dangers -- and ensures that processed sugar remain in the majority of mass-consumed foods.