Sweet Poison: Why Sugar Makes Us Fat

Sweet Poison: Why Sugar Makes Us Fat

David Gillespie

Language: English

Pages: 216

ISBN: 0670072478

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Understand and break your addiction to sugar with David Gillespie's Sweet Poison. David Gillespie was 6 stone overweight, lethargic and desperate to lose weight fast - but he'd failed every diet out there. When David cut sugar from his diet he immediately started to lose weight and - more amazingly - kept it off. Now slim and with new reserves of energy, David set out to investigate the connection between sugar, our soaring obesity rates and some of the more worrying diseases of the twenty-first century. He discovered: It's not our fault we're fat; sugar was once such a rare resource that we haven't developed an off-switch - 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 2 pounds a week; eating that much sugar, you would need to run 4.5 miles every day of your life to not put on weight; and food manufacturers exploit our sugar addiction by lacing it through 'non-sweet' products like bread, sauces and cereals. In Sweet Poison David Gillespie exposes one of the great health scourges of our time and offers a wealth of practical information on how to quit sugar. 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.











best measures are taken over 10 consecutive days and averaged over a group of volunteers. The volunteers are given an amount of the food being tested that will deliver exactly 50g of carbohydrate. So, for example, if we were testing pasta (25 per cent carbohydrate) we would give the volunteers 200g of pasta to eat). Scientists then compare the blood-sugar response of the volunteer to the pasta with a standard reference food for that volunteer (glucose is the most common). Previously doctors

means Australians were consuming about 22.5kg of fructose by the turn of the twenty-first century. It’s not as bad as the 33kg the Americans were guzzling, but it’s still an awful lot more than the less than zero kilos of added fructose we were eating 130 years before that. A lot of the people conducting experiments on rats had been criticised for giving the animals unrealistically high doses of fructose. ‘Of course the rat would die. Look how much fructose you gave it,’ would be the cry. ‘No

health agency in the world. The AHA raises over $400 million every year and spends over $100 million a year funding or supplementing government funding for medical research on heart disease, as well as its own internal research and education programs. In 1968, two decades after the NHI was established and the AHA transformed, things were not going so well. By then, two out of every three American deaths were caused by a CVD and the story was similar in most of the developed world. CVDs were

could call for Dr Cleave’s bags of bran, I guess). If you are like most of us and fruit represents an occasional supplement rather than a large portion of your diet, then there is absolutely nothing wrong, and quite a lot right, with continuing to eat whole fruit. Just remember, fruit juice is not an acceptable substitute for whole fruit. ‘Don’t drink sugar’ is a pretty straightforward rule. Liquid fructose delivered via juices and soft drinks is the most dangerous, simply because relatively

States spent $21 billion doing that in 2006. They also spent $20 billion on diet soft drinks, $4 billion on meal replacements, $3 billion on low-joule meals, $3 billion on pharmacy diet programs, $2.5 billion on artificial sweeteners, $2 billion on diet books, $2 billion on weight-loss centres and a mere $1 billion on anti-obesity drugs. The total US weight-loss industry is worth over $58 billion a year and is growing at about the same rate as our waistlines (6 per cent per annum). Chaos theory

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