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Thoughts on the journal Science's review of 'The World Until Yesterday'?

Asked on February 26, 2013
Created February 26, 2013 at 4:14 PM

This week's issue of Science has a review of 'The World Until Yesterday What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?' by Jared Diamond, wherein it is written:

"Different readers will have different opinions about both the originality (or, some will say, banality) of the recommendations and about the prospect (or, some will say, unlikelihood) of their being put into effect. Diet is the most straightforward: the reasons why excessive intake of sugar and salt both damages health and shortens life expectancy are well understood, and the means of combating it are at hand."

I haven't read the book, but I wonder whether the argument that the author meant to advance was that (1) the effects of sugar and salt intake are well-understood, and (2) the key difference between the diet of New Guinea highlanders and Americans is salt and sugar.

What do you think about this viewpoint?

Link to review, probably paywalled:

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/339/6122/907.full

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