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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (26 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718179072
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718179076
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

David Gillespie is a recovering corporate lawyer, former co-founder of a successful software company and investor in several software startups.

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.

His first book, Sweet Poison, published in 2008 is widely credited with starting the current Australian wave of anti-sugar sentiment. His most recent book, Toxic Oil, takes the arguments in Sweet Poison and extends them to the widespread use of seed oils in the modern diet.

In his next book, Free Schools, David applies his investigative skills to solving one of the other great problems every parent knows well - how to choose the best school for their kids.

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This book explains exactly why we are all eating the wrong stuff that is fed to us via media advertising through big companies. The secret is that if we believed what we are being constantly fed by advertising and supermarkets we will continue to be fat and therefore keep these companies rich, keep the pharmaceutical companies rich, the diet industry etc. So, what's the secret? Cut out sugar or fructose to be precise and literally watch the weight fall off. Don't eat anything at all that claims to be 'low fat' as it's more than likely also 'high sugar'. Start eating fat again. Fat does NOT make you fat. Sugar does. Go back to Butter and full-fat milk. Ditch juices of any form. Drink unsweetened milk, water, tea, coffee, wine and beer. It all makes sense. I am in my 40s and have lost nearly 3 stone by ditching sugar from my diet and actually have a waist that I forgot I'd had. The sugar is hidden everywhere, BBQ sauce etc. Anyway, great book in an easy to read format.
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What a relief that the sugar in wine is ok (embarrassed to admit that was a main concern)!
I gave up sugar before, switched to soya instead of milk because it was lower in sugar, gave up loads of things I didn't have to, drank diet coke instead. Ate dried fruit. So basically got it all wrong. So glad I read this and got the facts this time. Like most people I bought this to loose weight, but the health concerns raised outweigh the weight loss. I am only a week in and lost 7lbs, but better than that it has been so easy. Don't hesitate buy this, it will change how you see sweet foods!!
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Since my daughter was born in1981 I have spent my time flipping from one low fat diet to the next, feeling complete contempt for myself when I didn't succeed. I am angry that I gave up the far tastier full fat version for the flavourless rubbish I have been eating and I am angry that a professor would ignore most of the countries in a survey he has done and focus on just 7 which "proved" his theory. I have spent a great deal of my life in misery because of this, and worse still brought my children up to inflict it on their children . I will be buying copies of this book for them both to read and would definitely recommend it to others.
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After having a bit of a scare when told by my doctor that I did not handle sugar well, and was in danger of becoming diabetic, I cut virtually all sugar out of my diet. This was a bit of a wrench for me, as I had a very sweet tooth and was encouraged by my parents (back in the fifties) to eat sweet things for energy. Two months down the line, someone recommended this book to me. All I can say is that it makes perfect sense, and I wish I had known about the subject years ago. In two months of cutting out sugar, my sweet tooth has all but disappeared. I now love salads and plates of vegetables, whereas before I thought them boring, and I can drink things like green tea and enjoy them. I have lost over two stone (33 lb, 15 kg) and feel better than I have for years. The book confirms what I suspected all along: the human race has thrived for tens of thousands of years by eating what we like, and so there must be something in the modern diet that is making us fat and unhealthy. It seems that substance is refined sugar, specifically fructose. The technical stuff at the beginning of the book needs editing, as it is repetitive and confusing, but the message is clear. Cut out refined sugar (completely, not just sticky buns, which means reading labels and educating yourself, as added sugar is everywhere) and your health cannot fail to improve. Eat moderately, do some exercise (and I seem to have more energy to do this, from being a lifelong lazybones), and you will live longer and enjoy life far more. I now look at young parents in supermarkets buying Sunny D for their children, and colleagues eating 'low fat' yogurts to lose weight, and I feel sad. We are poisoning ourselves and our kids. Read this book and spread the word.
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I have read this book over and over again and the more I read it the more sense in how we must avoid sugar particularly fructose. Since following this simple advice I have lost a stone in weight, my diabetes is near normal and I feel great. Try it for yourself. Amazing!
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Informative, well-researched and (relatively) jargon free. It's made me change my family's diet. Definitely worth the price- I'm about to buy copies for friends and wider family. Buy it!
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I have been appallingly naive in thinking the the government has our interest and health as priority.What an idiot I've been!!
I'm a British GP and have been advising about low fat, forgetting that the surplus sugars turn into fat, and are more responsible for the fatty acids than actual fat intact!

We have enormous power as the general public, and their industries all depend on our money ....we can vote with our purses! Do t let them dope us anymore ....please stop the soft drinks, and diet drinks which are equally dangerous.
We can do anything if we combine our powers and SAY NO MORE!! Make your money in another way...we're not going to be fat anymore and take the blame for it. ENOUGH!!
We'll done David.
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A month ago I tried to give up sugar, not to lose weight, but because I was sick of constantly craving sugary food and wanted to break the habit. This book really struck a chord when the author described the cycle of never feeling full, constantly wanting more sweet food and feeling unable to control his eating. The first couple of days were tough, I was grouchy and then absolutely ravenous, eating things I wouldn't normally want. Then after 3 days I felt better. Now it is wonderful to be able to do my weekly shop without obsessing over what rubbish I'm going to buy, I feel free. After nearly 5 weeks, I have lost 7 pounds and my waist is 29 inches. I can't say my energy levels have improved much, but my mood is calmer. This book is very readable and gives research based evidence on the danger of sugar, as a nurse it made difficult reading at times, as it points the finger at sugar for the rise in coronary heart disease and diabetes type 2 and not fat as we are taught. Thought provoking, if you want even more detail read Robert Lustig and John Yudkin.
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