I read the intro chapters to this book and lost interest in the detailed science of sugar. I skipped ahead to the 'what do I do about this' part of the book which largely commences in part 2.
The book really took off from there. The harm caused by sugar and specifically fructose and its metabolic and chemical impacts on the brain and body are simply shocking. I've always struggled with weight. In my mind I've felt that rising sugar consumption has to be behind my drift into obesity. Not only am I sure of that fact but it's a pretty fair bet that the Western obesity epidemic is also caused by sugar and all the nasty illnesses we see today.
Everything we need to know about the future has occurred in the past. It's obvious smoking is bad but it took a long time to really get the message into our collective consciousness. Early anti smoking pioneers were soundly vilified. The current sugar situation is a direct mirror of the path of smoking. Eventually we will see why sugar is bad for us. It'll take some time though. This book is just one of those early trailblazers.
I did read some adverse reviews on this book by Australian dietician organisations. The core message about fructose isn't in dispute. Only minor pickings on side issues were.
I really think this book nails the problem. I know I shouldn't eat chocolate, biscuits, ice cream and so on because it makes me fat. This book explains precisely why it makes me fat and how those products are doing (interfering with the hypothalamus for example) what they do.
It's not about shock science. It's one ordinary blokes explanation about why we get fat, and what to do about it.
This book was a life changer. After reading this book, I have completely stopped adding sugar to my diet, and am actively avoiding it where I can. Dead set scary. And the affect? Coffee tastes terrible. After 7 days, when I encounter sugar it tastes SO sweet it is noticeable. Overall I have dropped almost 5kg, with no exercise, still drink beer, wine, and eat chips. But this is a book review, and the book itself was good reading, until it bogged down into biochemistry which is as dry as it sounds. The author keeps it on track, and does a great job it uncovering the "Big Sugar" cover-up. Recommended reading!
Hats off to David Gillespie for his dedication to this research. Anyone can dazzle me with science but this book makes sense and the author has backed up his message with well documented medical data. I intend to put what I have learned into practice and will write another review after a few months.
Perhaps a dry read in places and a bit wordy at times but I enjoyed reading this book and I think it's an essential read for anyone who is trying to understand the appropriate place for Fructose in their diet. I have not had the same weightloss results but I have definitely had some health benefits as a result. I am continuing on this sugar-free quest. David's helps demystify the buzz trend towards reduced sugar and also explains why it matters.
Thanks for writing this book David, if been looking like this for answers all my life...no carb diets didn't quite seem right to me, but no fructose fits perfectly. I get it! Thank you for helping me understand myself
The best book about sugar that I've read so far. Includes very useful and practical information for how anyone can change their eating habits to eliminate fructose. I will certainly be doing that from now on.