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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 (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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65 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Mother Nature on 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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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 5 Nov. 2013
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mum of Two on 7 Oct. 2014
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mammamaman on 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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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By PatSea on 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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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By DivaDerby on 28 Aug. 2012
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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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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Allycat on 25 Nov. 2014
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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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