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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,420 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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34 of 34 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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17 of 17 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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13 of 13 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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12 of 12 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
5.0 out of 5 stars This will make you think twice about sugar 2 Mar 2012
By PatSea
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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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9 of 9 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 20 Jan 2014
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Really useful book about why and how to escape the hold of sugar in our lives. Possibly a bit extreme for me - once you've detoxed, the occasional piece of dark chocolate or teaspoon of honey isn't going to do much harm. Still, a useful and informative book, well worth reading and referring to again.
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5 of 5 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Hard to Rate
I'm not sure how to rate this book......on the one hand, I agree with the premise that giving up- or at least, greatly reducing- sugar is a good thing. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Morgana
5.0 out of 5 stars This book has changed my life.
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. Read more
Published 20 days ago by PureHeaven
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Revolutionary.
Published 23 days ago by Fiona French
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Interesting opinion on sugar in your diet
Published 24 days ago by A bookworm
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
A really insightful read about the dangers of sugar and related sweeteners. There are some scientific elements that are more suited to those who want to delve deep in to sugar and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by lucy
5.0 out of 5 stars Very important and insightful
As someone who exercises a lot but also consumes a lot of sugar I found Sweet Poison both fascinating and inspirational. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Peter Schofield
5.0 out of 5 stars The book I have been waiting for
I am not overweight but keeping my weight low has been a constant battle for years. I don't even eat that much sugar and don't consider myself to be a sugar addict. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Phoebe D
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a very good book
If you are worried about any sugar related problems this book is an excellent buy, overweight, high blood sugar, glucose intollerance, buy it
Published 1 month ago by Bumblesqueak
5.0 out of 5 stars Very instersting insight in the World of Sugar
I got to read this book after reading A year of no sugar. I was curious in the first place but also rather intrigued by the information it contains. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Skater Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Food for thought
Well written, and makes you realise in uncertain terms quite how bad our diet can be. Inspirational if you are interested in losing weight.
Published 1 month ago by Kav
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