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Sweet Poison [Paperback]

David Gillespie
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26 Sep 2013

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.

·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.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (26 Sep 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0718179072
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718179076
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,998 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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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book should be called 'The Secret' 31 Oct 2013
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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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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was really anger inducing 5 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldnt put it down! 28 Aug 2012
Format:Paperback
I knew all about the dangers/addiction of sugar and the fact that it was in everything that we bought - and that food companies know this and use it to sell food and make money, but this book summed up everything and really put sugar vs health into perspective. Sugar is responsible for so many health problems and yet we are still obsessed with fat free products. How are they fat free? Because they are loaded with sugar for flavour. Sugar makes us want to eat more and hence the cycle is unbreakable and diets are impossible. I read this from cover to cover in a matter of hours and am now sugar free and feeling great already after just a few days. A must read for anyone who has dieted and failed for years.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars everyone should read! 17 Jan 2014
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This is not a diet book but more a book of understanding how our bodies are designed to process the food we eat and why fructose is bad. Very informative and written in 'plain english' so that it is easy to understand but also backed up by study. I highly recommend this book to anyone, whether you are tired of trying the latest diet fads or simply interested in being healthier. This book has changed the way I see 'diets'
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Information 18 Jan 2014
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I wanted to find out more about fructose and the addictive qualities of this substance found in table sugar, fruit, cereal and many more things we eat daily. This book was well researched but rather heavy going at times - I really needed a more get to the point quicker read. However, would recommend it to anyone thinking they would like to consider giving up on sugar. I have followed what Mr Gillespie suggested and all cravings have stopped. Result.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book has changed my life. 12 July 2014
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This book has changed my life. I bought this book with a gift voucher after seeing it displayed in a book shop. I thought I knew about healthy eating until I read this book. It explains about the dangers of eating fructose and how fructose makes us fat when added to food. The book describes the chemical composition of different types of sugar; sucrose, honey and agave nectar all contain fructose, agave nectar being the worst. Since reading the book and giving up all added fructose three months ago I have lost 10lb in weight without trying and my body feels much more comfortable. I feel human again and I am not exaggerating. I have tried different diets that have all failed and despaired that I would never lose my excess fat. I do eat one or two pieces of fruit each day. I recommend everyone read this book as you will view sugar differently after reading it and will find it easier to avoid eating it after discovering the harm it does to our bodies. I will not go into the physiological processes associated with eating fructose as the book describes them far better than I ever could. I have also read "I Quit Sugar" which recommends using Rice Syrup to sweeten food as it does not contain fructose.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must-read 12 Jan 2014
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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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This will make you think twice about sugar 2 Mar 2012
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! Cleared a lot of things up.
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... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Mum of Two
5.0 out of 5 stars Great work David
I rarely read books properly, but this one just had the right mix of everything. I had trouble putting this down and to be honest in under two weeks I have lost half a stone. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars life changing
this is the only book i have ever bought i can say this about. I get asked what i have done to loose so much weight; i just tell them to buy this book as so simple to follow. Read more
Published 29 days ago by D.DANIELS
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for the sugar addicted amongst us.
Great book full of information. Easy entertaining style of writing. Still hasn't out me of sugar! Nothing does unfortunately.
Published 1 month ago by Clare W.
5.0 out of 5 stars This book has completely changed my attitude towards sugar
Fascinating book which I have not been able to stop reading. It's the second book I have read about the subject and it is incredibly detailed about the biochemistry of sugar... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cate O'Neill
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read if you want the truth on sugar
A great mind-opening topic.
Published 1 month ago by LP, Brighton UK
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent,informative,a vital read.
A 5 star rating for potentially life saving book.Well written and informative .Especially suitable for anyone struggling with their weight,heath issues or parents.
Published 2 months ago by susan moor
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, some technical biochem stuff that took me ...
Excellent book, some technical biochem stuff that took me back to my dietetic training but he makes it easy to read and understand.
Published 2 months ago by Miss AM Stoyel
5.0 out of 5 stars appalling
I have been appallingly naive in thinking the the government has our interest and health as priority.What an idiot I've been!! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dr. S. Judge
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Poison Really!
This book really clicked with me and I am sure the author is so right about sucrose. It makes so much sense and I liked the personal slant he put on it too.
Published 2 months ago by bruceybabe
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