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Sweet Poison

Why Sugar Makes Us Fat

By David Gillespie

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Format: Paperback, 224 pages
Published In: Australia, 01 September 2008
David, a smart corporate lawyer equipped with an enquiring mind, begins to query why it is we are so much heavier than previous generations, and discovers a culprit: sugar, or, more specifically, the fructose component of sugar. 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.

From the Author

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.


About the Author

David Gillespie is a recovering corporate lawyer, co-founder of a successful software company and consultant to the IT industry. He is also the father of six young children (including one set of twins). With such a lot of extra time on his hands, and 40 extra kilos on his waistline, he set out to investigate why he, like so many in his generation, was fat. He deciphered the latest medical findings on diet and weight gain and what he found was chilling. Being fat was the least of his problems. He needed to stop poisoning himself. Sweet Poison website- Twitter-

EAN: 9780670072477
ISBN: 0670072478
Publisher: Viking Australia
Dimensions: 23 x 15.6 x 1.6 centimetres (0.24 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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14 review(s)
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Aimee on
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.
Sophie on
This book is great, it tells you everything you want to know about sugar and where it is added to food. Good idea if you want to get rid of some weight and get healthy!!
Courtney on
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.
Rebecca on
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!)
Brad on
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.
spencer on
I love the way David writes with the layman in mind. Truly this is a remarkable piece of research that has uncovered a great mystery that could help so many people today. I didn't want to put it down.
Michele on
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.
Debbie on
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!
Lucy on
David includes all information sources for his research and it makes sense, so to an extent I was convinced.

However, he does get a bit intense in his argument to convince you to stop eating sugar which I didn't like.

I had to go off sugar for reasons other than the book and while it was difficult at first it is not even an issue anymore. You can do it if you are determined enough - and bring your own snacks to morning teas at work. I didn't see any weight loss at first but at about the one and a half month mark I lost about 10 kilos really suddenly and am now the ideal weight for my age and height - low 50's.

I do recommend this book for the info contained but don't bother with the quit plan - just look up non sugary foods on the Internet, read labels on your food to avoid aded sugar (including its alternative names) and start looking at coconut as an excellent food. Books on benefits of coconut are written by Bruce fife and an excellent no sugar resource book with recipes is 'I quit sugar' by Sarah Wilson.
Naomi on
Easy read for anyone, fabulous info that really gets you thinking.

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