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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 (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,579 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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47 of 47 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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28 of 28 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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22 of 22 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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16 of 17 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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Joan Queripel on 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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6 of 6 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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nighty Knight on 20 Jan. 2014
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An extremely interesting, compulsive read that might just save your life. I have recommended this book to all my friends. You may take an interest in this book if you are looking at weight loss, but that's just the tip of the iceberg as far as what sugar does to our bodies and why it (or more specifically, fructose) should be actively avoided where possible. I used to have a real sweet tooth but I've dropped sugar from my diet overnight - it really is that bad for you.

I have previously taken an interest in other GI diet theories but they never went far enough to explain our increasing obesity problem or what the root cause of our growing health issues are.

I really liked this book because it explains WHY sugar is bad on a physiological level (citing the respective studies and scientists in the process). Don't be afraid of the science though. The author has worked hard to make what could be a very complicated subject, readable and easy to understand.

The only people that would fight to support sugar after reading this are 'big sugar' and their paid mouthpieces or those in denial that sugar "isn't that bad" because it means they will have to give up their chocolate fix.
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19 of 21 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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