interested in medicine, fitness, and economics.
Dr. Lustig writes a compelling case against sugar. Fructose, a component of table sugar, is added to almost all processed food - and it's killing us. I agree with the author that sugar (and carbs) are the real dangers in our diet rather than fat. And his book is full of evidence.
Where I think the book falls a little short is in his disavowal of personal responsibility. I believe that we can all choose to eat less sugar, exercise more, and consume more fiber. The author, on the other hand, seems to think our poor health is out of our control.
Moreover, the author's politics are difficult to understand. He correctly points out the dangers of government: politicians being owned by big food, governmental misguidance, and ineffective government programs. Yet, he concludes that the only solution to the problem is more government - the very government he criticized.
The narration is FANTASTIC!
I can't wait to start revamping my diet. I finally understand what is happening in my body and mind.
I plan on getting the cookbook to help learn how to cook bettet. Thanks for a great book!
This book is in many ways a typical example of its genre, i.e. self-help books on changing your diet and/or relationship with food. As such it is comparable with Dr. Sears books on the Zone, or Dean Ornish's books. There is one important difference that makes this book more interesting to me, Lustig isn't selling anything (other than the book of course), no meals, no diet plan, just his conception of the science behind fat accumulation, storage and how the government and food industry are complicit in the "obesity epidemic".
It didn't get in the way at all. For a book like this, that's high praise.
From the point of view of an educated lay reader, I find much of the science persuasive. The fact that the book isn't part of a large merchandising effort makes it more so.
I didn't read the print version however I had couple thoughts about buying the print version as well It's just some much good information.
Very good points,based somewhat by science.
I really recommend.
This book offered me scientific proof of the recommendations without being over technical. I would listen again to get even more clarification of the concepts, and a better understanding, and to remind myself of the things I want to try. I bookmarked sections to refer back to later.
I don't know that it could have been more enjoyable. There was enough science to make it believable, and enough normal talk to make it "readable".
It would have been too much information for me to digest in all one sitting.
I definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to understand more about the body's ability to deal with food. It is interesting to learn about, and more scientific than I would typically want to read but worth every minute.
A real eye opener for what is truly causing obesity in America and the world, and what the makes of "food stuffs" don't want you to know. Contains a lot of science and fact but not so much to make a dull story. It will make you look at how you feed your family. Well worth the listen.
I picked this one up because the author popped up on NBC News one morning. I'm not sorry, but not thrilled either. There are a zillion of these what's wrong with America nutrition books, they all pretty much say the same thing in different formats. I did learn some things from Lustig, but I could have learned it from most of the other books as well. As for the politics and government activities thereof, must less of the industry involved, just say no. Trying to change either of those is a waste of opinion and print.
The science in the first 3/4 of the book is great. It backed up by personal experience and case study. If you hate science or get bored easy OR will never give up drinking yourself fat, skip this book. The book was great until I started to hear the opinion of this author.
He says 2 things in this book that really make me scratch my head.
1. expects the same government that created part of this problem to do an about face and fix it all and...
2. He gives the medical profession itself a free pass.
If doctors would learn something about nutrition and stop telling patience, "eat less and get more exercise" it would go a long way to fixing the problem. Hey DOC... I'm fat... If it was as easy as eat less and get more exercise, I would have.
I also fail to see how the federal government could help fix the issue. He talks about sugar being so addictive that the free markets don't apply to it. I say BULL... If the public knew how bad some of this stuff was for you they would demand a change.
If you are reading this book to lose weight, I would highly recommend that you also read "Why We Get Fat" by Gary Taubes. It will change the way you look at food, but it leaves the opinion out.