David Gillespie was 40kg overweight, lethargic, sleep-deprived and the father of four, with twins on the way. He knew he needed to lose weight fast, but he had run out of diets - all had failed.
After doing some reading on evolution (why weren't our forebears fat?), David cut sugar - specifically fructose - from his diet. He immediately started to lose weight, and kept it off. Slim, trim and fired up, David set out to look at the connection between sugar, our soaring obesity rates and some of the more worrying diseases of the twenty-first century, and discovered some startling facts in the process.
Sugar was once such a rare resource that nature decided we didn't need an off-switch - in other words, we can keep eating sugar without feeling full.
In the space of 150 years, we have gone from eating no added sugar to more than a kilogram a week.
You would need to run 7km every day of your life just to no put on weight as a result of eating that much sugar.
Two decades ago 1 in 14 adult Australians were obses; that figure is now 1 in 5.
The 'natural' sugar in one glass of unsweetened fruit juie per day for a year is enough to add just over 2.5kg your waistline.
The more sugar we eat, the more we want. Food manufacturers exploit our sugar addiction by lacing it through 'non-sweet' products, such as bread, sauces, soups and cereals.
Sweet Poison exposes one of the great health scourges of our time and offers a wealth of practical and accessible information on how to avoid fructose, increase your enjoyment of food and lose weight.
if you like sugar, then you must read this book. i am addicted to sugar, and now i totally understand why. sugar is evil. this books explains how sugar is processed by the body and why sugar is worse than fat! very interesting read, couldn't put it down.
Loved it, virtually read it in one sitting. So much solid evidence of the danger of sugar. Makes great sense as to why we all struggle with our weight and will continue to do so unless we listen to and act on the advice in this book. Even the more technical chapters are well constructed and readable. We need this book as we need to understand the dangers of sugar to our health and our weight. I cannot recommend it more strongly. Truly illuminating. David Gillespie is to be congratulated for his tireless research.
David Gillespie's 'Sweet Poison' is a fascinating collection of studies on sugar and digestion and it scared the heck out of me.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Weight isn't an issue for me, however Sweet Poison has already helped me become a brighter, more energetic person. I highly recommend this book to anyone concerned about their health.
I just read this book recently and it has opened up a whole new world for me. I was constantly berating myself for my lack of self control when it came to chocolate and ice-cream and other sweet treats, but I now understand what was happening inside my body and how to go about changing this situation.
I am so grateful that David has written this book and it certainly gives me hope that one day soon I will be able to lose the excess fat and keep it off once and for all without all the hopeless yoyo dieting and boring, repetitive exercise regimes.
This was a brillant read, once I started I just could leave this book alone. Huge enlightenment of the evils of fructose!!! Scary stuff! A must read for anyone who consumes sugar and/or fruit juice. David Gillespie appears to have produced a well researched and objective overview of startling facts and figures identifying why the world is confronted with major health issues revolving around obesity caused by fructose consumption. He confronts you with such pure logic and reasoning along with his very enjoyable humour you simply cannot ignore his message. YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK! (And pass it on to everyone you know!)
This book was excellent. It showed me a lots of things about sugar that you just don't no and explains very clearly why sugar is doing to us what's it is doing. This book is a must read for all people not just those that are over weight. I recommend this book to everyone.
Read this book.
It could change your life. It will definately change the way you think about the foods you eat and hopefully help people become more healthy.
The book is set out well to help you understand the scientific studies behind the reasons that Mars Bars, Coke and even your breakfast cereal are making you fatter.
Really interesting and valuable information written in a practical and down to earth way that makes it easy to understand and follow. Practical ideas and solutions and relevant to the lifestyle of Aussies and Kiwis today. Highly recommended!
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