Don't you know the rules?! Don't talk about religion, politics or Gary Taubes! Bah!
I enjoyed the longer article he did a week ago. I see sugar as a contextual toxin, always a poor choice but not always such a terrible choice. It can cause steatosis and is undeniably linked to diseases and obesity in assessments of populations but these populations also have high levels of inflammation and deficiencies in important nutrients like choline that prevent the steatosis. It can raise triglycerides potently although depending upon nutrient status and inflammation it will generate less triglycerides and more glycogen. It feeds pathogens but again the catalyst appears to be an insufficient junk diet. Also it appears to be dose-dependent so a little like 20g in some cheesecake a few times a week is different than slugging pepsi. Only very healthy people are candidates to consume sugar in a benign manner. The way that people tend to consume it in North America is anything but benign.
HFCS is an interesting kink in the issue. People say that it is the same as sucrose but we know that the speed that fructose hits the liver partially determines its lipogenic effect. HFCS has free fructose which doesn't have to be snapped by sucrase, although we can expect both to hit the liver sufficiently quickly to contribute to the fatty liver.
Definitely not just an empty calorie
Stabbing conventional wisdom in its face.
Anyone who wants to talk nutrition should PM me!