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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

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interesting and real read

a bit long on the biology side, but a very good read, a change in the way we look at processed food, suger and affects it has on our lives

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informative

excellent work. very insightful. the author avoids speculation and presents factual information that stands careful examination. Bottom line, sugar is a toxin that is slowly killing us. message is to avoid sugar, exercise regularly, and eat more fiber.

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A must read

As a cardiologist and father, I consider this book an absolute must for people interested in individual and global health.
While it has been known to many of us since many years how much the bad composition of food is affecting our lives and the society in general, it takes someone like Dr. Lustig, an eminent scientist in this field, to summarize the key highlights of this knowledge and craft the powerful message, that we have to get back to real food instead of sugared, addictive products. This will only be possible by a bottom-up approach, because, as it has been the case with tobacco, the alliance between food industry and politics doesn't have the interest per doesn't understand to take enough action. If we want to get on the epidemic of obesity and related diseases (cardiovascular, metabolic, dementia, depression), we have to increase fibers, but more importantly, reduce the detrimental impact of a family of substances which is so similar to alcohols yet used as a treat for our children: fructose-containing sugars.
This book explains and provides first-hand information, why that is and what people can do, for themselves and for future generations.
Very well presented by the reader, full of interesting, hard facts, this is an entertaining book, while being a much-needed eye-opener.

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  • Grant
  • NANTUCKET, MA, United States
  • 08-20-17

An important book

I read this at least two years ago. I began following the ideas in this book, limiting sugar, flour and processed foods. In some cases, eliminating them altogether except for special occasions (like holidays). I feel great. I'm five notches down on my belt. So it's a good thing I put off writing this review for two years. Now I need to listen to a book on procrastination.

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  • Nick B
  • Bellevue, NE
  • 07-05-17

Best book on the subject

This book is easily one of the best books on the subject of sugar consumption in the Western-Industrial diet. It exposes facts regarding the effects of sugar consumption on LDL, triglycerides, insulin resistance, heart disease, addiction, a primary factor in weight gain and the issue of obesity itself, as well as possible links to cancer and dementia.

By dropping all added sugar from my own diet, I went from 225 lbs to 128 lbs. This was four years ago. I have not once had any significant weight gain since. I personally advocate eating "real food," as Michael Pollan states. Most of my diet consists of leafy greens and vegetables (on which I place no intake restriction at all), then fruits (only fresh, with fibre still intact), eggs and safe dairy products, nuts and nut butters, healthy oils, and occasional meat. On this diet, I never feel hunger (due to its high fibre, fat, and protein content), and my weight is completely stabilized.

This book advocates for governmental intervention in our current high sugar, low fibre diet. While many reject this notion, because of the insistence on free market/nanny state/etc., I agree with the author that it is far worse to have the fox in charge of the henhouse in the sense that the food industry in our kitchen is much worse than the government being in our kitchen.

Thank you Robert Lustig for helping expose the truth about sugar.

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Informative and empowering

The science is very well explained in the first part of the book. The personal choice and policy implications are later explained. Dr Lustig lists what can be done on all fronts in a succinct step by step process.
Overall, the problem and how to deal with it are well laid out.

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A good read

This book has changed my life. I was gaining weight uncontrollably and now I feel like I finally have gained control over my diet and life . I recommend this book to all my loved ones .

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makes you think

very informative. makes you angry and also makes you feel defeated. wish he would have given us ideas on what to do rather than just saying... "necessary but not enough" . kinda makes you want to crawl in a hole and eat cupcakes

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Not far enough...

Overly focused on processed foods in general as culprit rather than sugars and carbs. He also inferred that low carb diets may cause heart disease without citing evidence. Admittedly it might have been footnoted in the text versions. Lustig seems to end up saying "everything in moderation" more or less, so in this regard this book is pedestrian and inferior to the works of Gary Taubes, in my opinion. I did enjoy the anecdotes about treating childhood obesity. He lost me, though, when he shifted to politics.

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This book saved my life!

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.