Robert Lustig’s 90-minute YouTube video Sugar: The Bitter Truth has been viewed more than two million times. Now, in this much anticipated book, he documents the science and the politics that has led to the pandemic of chronic disease over the last 30 years.
In the late 1970s when the government mandated we get the fat out of our food, the food industry responded by pouring more sugar in. The result has been a perfect storm, disastrously altering our biochemistry and driving our eating habits out of our control.
To help us lose weight and recover our health, Lustig presents personal strategies to readjust the key hormones that regulate hunger, reward, and stress; and societal strategies to improve the health of the next generation. Compelling, controversial, and completely based in science, Fat Chance debunks the widely held notion to prove "a calorie is NOT a calorie", and takes that science to its logical conclusion to improve health worldwide.
©2012 Robert H. Lustig (P)2012 Penguin Audio
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.
The title of this review says it all! The truth of food is in these pages listen to the book once, then listen to the book again, then listen to it with someone you care about.
The science is a bit hard to get through, but it's good science and well presented. I've been reading every nutrition book I can get my hands on in the past several years to try and understand what is actually good nutrition despite all the conflicting and confusing information out there. This book is in my top 2 with The China Study out of dozens. The author gives good sound advice on how to navigate the treacherous food landscape we all live in to eat and drink our way to better health.
The first part of being healthier is understanding the chemistry of the body and the effects that different foods have on our bodies. This book has been part of a lifestyle change that has resulted in feeling healthier - a byproduct of this has also been weight loss.
Fat Chance does a truly stellar job explaining the science behind how we get fat, but has no new information, suggestions or options for how we can break the cycle of addiction, hormone resistance and other factors that make us overweight. If you're interested in the science behind human energy metabolism, this book is worthy of at least TEN stars, not a mere five! But if you expect to hear something beyond "eat right and exercise" when it comes to actionable advice to combat your addiction to processed foods and lethargy, you'll be sorely disappointed. Still, I recommend this book for everyone fighting the good fight because it will demystify a LOT of how the body responds to various types of food intake, and that can equip you to be more effective at everything you do from that point on as it pertains to winning the ongoing battle.
Well-presented, intensively researched, critical information for every American. Read it to save your life or the life of someone you love.
We need to remove this poison from the lives of our families and children's school. Clear scientific presentation of the health hazards of sugar. And a clear plan of action. You will want to take action after listening to this book.
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